Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TX - Now That Dallas Got Busted, It's Boom Time for Mug Shot Magazines

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06/08/2010

By Patrick Michels

That Twitter feed of mug shots from Denton has been around for more than a year now, and online collections of goofy mug shots were all over well before that. But for dead-tree sentimentalists who love the feel of the newsprint as they flip through pages of miserable strangers, Dallas didn't have too much to offer. Until a few months ago, anyway.

Then came Mugly!, the Dallas edition of a mug shot newspaper from Austin, that's been serving up "the true face of crime in Texas" since January at a dollar an issue. Since March, though, the shame-rag market's gotten a little tighter since the arrival of Busted, which has local editions scattered across 10 states.

Busted's local edition covers Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving, and sticks to a template common to each of the papers: 20 pages of mug shots in a grid, broken up by special selections like "Clownin' and Frownin'" (the photos are mostly frowns) and the mug of the week. For some reason, there are also a few articles including entire paragraphs of words. Thankfully, though, they're printed in hard-to-read fonts on color backgrounds to dissuade you from breaking your eye contact with the tired, drunk and ashamed.

Busted's been around since at least late 2008 and was founded by a former real estate agent in Central Florida named Ryan Chief. I've left messages with Chief, hoping to hear more about his paper's local edition, but Chief told WBAP that Busted sells 11,000 copies at 250 spots around Dallas-Fort Worth. While Chief makes overtures at calling his newspaper a public service, or satisfying basic human curiosity, in past interviews he's been ready to admit he's pretty much just out to make a buck.

Chief stakes most of his public-service claims to Busted's page of registered sex offender mug shots. In a February interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chief points out that all he's doing is helping make public information easier to find. "It informs communities of recent arrests...By doing so, we're educating them on what's going on in their community," he told the newspaper.

In a Willamette Week story following the debut of Busted's Portland edition last year, Chief says, "I'd be bulls----ing you if I didn't say we glamorized it just a little bit to make it a little interesting."

Some commenters on a 2008 post by Michigan blogger Luke McReynolds complained about being included in Busted even though they were never convicted -- though Busted's site says it's glad to issue retractions in those cases.

Whether they're worth much as a public safety measure or crime-fighting tool, plenty of mainstream newspapers run mug shot databases of their own. Brian Baugh, the University of North Texas student who built the DentonPolice Twitter, even used the feed as the basis for an academic paper on the dangers of "The Indiscriminate Release of Public Records to the Public during the Information Age," to quote his working title.

I'll have an update once Chief gets back to us, hopefully with more details on the local operation and how they make their editorial choices -- he might try telling us they're chosen at random, but this guy on page nine -- arrested for driving drunk with a kid in the car and wearing what looks to be a hospital gown -- can't be an accident.


GA - Big Changes To Georgia Sex Offender Law

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All the news articles seem to back up what the Southern Center for Human Rights has said in their summary.

06/08/2010

AUGUSTA - It is essentially a rewrite of Georgia’s sex offender law which many critics have called unconstitutional.

Now registered sex offenders convicted before June 4th, 2003 are no longer restricted from living and working near places where children congregate like schools, day cares and parks.

The law also lets sex offenders who have done their time petition a superior court to have them removed from the sex offender’s registry.

The law helps people like Wendy Whitaker. The Augusta woman was forced to move out of her home because of consensual sex with a 15-year-old when she was 17.

The act, now considered a misdemeanor, landed her on the sex offender registry.

Whittaker is currently the lead plaintiff in a class action law suit against the state filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights.


WI - Former officer (Damen Lowe) found guilty of abusing teen

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06/08/2010

By JANINE ANDERSON

RACINE - Former police officer Damen Lowe has been convicted of sexually and physically abusing a teenage girl over a period of several years.

He was convicted of seven of the 10 charges against him, including repeated sexual assault of a child, exposing a child to harmful material, and one count of physical abuse of a child. He was found not guilty of three counts of physical abuse.

Lowe had 10 years experience with the Racine Police Department when the girl came forward last May with the allegations, saying he hit her with his hands and a belt, made her engage in sexual activity and showed her pornography. He spent the next year on paid administrative leave, and formally resigned from the department as his trial started last week.

It took eight hours over two days for jurors to agree on a verdict in the case. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Charles Constantine on Tuesday first read the verdicts on each of the 10 counts to himself, then out loud to everyone gathered in the courtroom.

With the first "guilty," for repeated sexual assault of a child, Lowe's family cried out in protest.

For six more charges, Constantine gave the same news, that jurors had convicted Lowe of sexual assault of a child, of exposing a child to harmful material, and of child abuse.

On the last three counts of child abuse, he was found not guilty.

Lowe's family wept.

Once the judge finished announcing the verdicts, Lowe's attorney asked to have the jurors polled. Each was asked in turn to state his or her verdict on the seven convictions.

Jurors looked at the judge and each gave the same response - guilty - seven times.

Lowe turned around in his seat and looked back toward his family. His eyes were red.

Defense attorney John Campion asked the judge not to accept the verdict and to render his own verdict of not guilty on all 10 counts. He said the evidence "was insufficient" to support the conviction.

Jurors listened to five days of testimony. The victim, now 16, spoke of how she was shown pornography, how Lowe hit her with a belt and his hand, and how he forced her to engage in sexual activity over a period of several years. Lowe took the stand in his own defense. He admitted to striking the girl - and said it was a way of disciplining her when other methods had failed - but that he did not have sexual contact with her.

Jurors were told they could find Lowe not guilty of the child abuse counts, if they found his use of force was a reasonable way of disciplining the girl.

Lowe had been out on bond since his arrest last May. When the court proceedings were over, he was directed into the jail through a door in the courtroom. He faces up to 59 years in prison and 41 years extended supervision. He is due to be sentenced Aug. 25.

After the hearing, his family said they could not believe the verdict.

"I think that was so wrong," said his mother, Patricia Bellvie, who sat through the entire trial. "He gets off for physical abuse, and that's the only thing they were able to prove."

Jurors saw photographs of bruises left on the girl's leg after he struck her in November 2008. There was no physical evidence - like DNA or photographs - documenting the sexual abuse. Jurors ultimately had to weigh what the girl said on the stand against Lowe's testimony.


OH - Suspect in serial deaths gets lesser sex offender rank

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This is pure fear-mongering. This man, surely will be in prison until he dies, or be sentenced to death. So, he will never be out on the streets again, but, that doesn't make for a good fear-mongering news story, now does it?

06/05/2010

By MEGHAN BARR

CLEVELAND -- A man accused of killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his home is among 26,000 sex offenders who will be reclassified and subject to less strict monitoring following a state Supreme Court ruling.

Anthony Sowell no longer will be classified as a Tier III offender, which meant that he had to report to law enforcement every 90 days and that neighbors would have been notified if he had moved, Cuyahoga County sheriff's office spokesman John O'Brien said Friday.
- Come on, do you really think he will be out on the streets again?

Instead, Sowell will revert to his original classification of sexually oriented criminal, under which offenders must report to authorities once a year for 10 years, O'Brien said. Neighbors are not notified of the whereabouts of sexually oriented criminals, O'Brien said.

Sowell, 50, was deemed a sex offender in 2005, when he was released from prison after serving 15 years for a 1989 attempted rape. Authorities found the decomposing bodies of 11 women in and around Sowell's Cleveland home last year. He has pleaded not guilty to killing the women and is being held without bond as he awaits a September trial.

In 2008, Ohio was the first state to put substantially in place a new sex offender registration and notification system required by the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The 2006 law is named for a 6-year-old Florida boy who was abducted and killed in 1981 and whose father, John Walsh, is the host of TV's "America's Most Wanted ," which publicizes crimes and helps authorities catch criminals.

The law, signed by former President George W. Bush, sought to get states to better coordinate and expand their sex offender registries.

The Ohio attorney general's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday on how the ruling affects Sowell.

County prosecutor's office spokesman Ryan Miday said the ruling is the least of Sowell's concerns.

"He faces the death penalty for the murder of 11 women," Miday said in an e-mailed statement. "The court's ruling is being reviewed as it pertains to reporting requirements."

Records of the 1989 assault show Sowell took a 21-year-old woman to his home, pushed her down on a bed and started to choke her. When she tried to scream, he said: "You can scream all you want. Nobody is home."

He sexually assaulted the woman twice, gagged her, threatened to kill her and tied her up with a necktie, the records said.

Because of the viciousness of the crime, a parole board repeatedly denied him early release. In a parole hearing, he owned up to an alcohol problem and said he'd been drinking the day of the assault.

Thursday's court ruling means that sex offenders convicted before the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2008, would revert to the classifications they received under the old Megan's Law -- and potentially be subject to less stringent registration and notification requirements. The ruling leaves in place the new, tougher requirements for those convicted since.

In its 5-1 decision, the high court said that Ohio's implementation violated the separation of powers among branches of government because the Legislature was forcing the executive branch to revisit decisions made by judges.

Under Ohio's new Adam Walsh Law, old Megan's Law classifications such as "sexually oriented criminal" or "sexual predator" were replaced with a tiered classification system. Offenders were moved into the new tiers based solely on the offenses they had committed, whereas Megan's Law had allowed judges to hold hearings and use some discretion in assigning offenders categories.


Many teens face sexual harassment on the job

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06/07/2010

By Eve Tahmincioglu

‘It continues to be an epidemic in many workplaces,’ says EEOC attorney

Martha, 15, believes she was a victim of sexual harassment when she worked as a ski instructor last winter for a New Jersey resort, but she didn’t feel she could complain.

Her 60-year old manager didn’t assault her but he was “just creepy,” said Martha, who did not want her full name used. “He would put his arm around me and hold my shoulder. He would whisper in my ear, ‘Sweetie,’” she explained. “I could feel his breath in my ear.”

It was one of the first jobs she had ever had, so Martha — who was 14 at the time — asked her parents what she should do. “My mom was upset about it but my dad said, ‘Wait a while and see,’” she said.

Since the ski season was about to end, and Martha had no plans to work at the resort again, she decided to drop it and never went to her managers.

As teenagers get ready to head out to the nation’s malls, restaurants and resorts to start summer jobs, government officials and teen advocates want to caution young workers — and their parents — that sexual harassment is rampant in the workplace.

But getting girls and boys to report such acts has been a challenge because some teens are just too immature or ignorant of their rights. Others want to do well in those first gigs and not rock the boat.

It continues to be an epidemic in many workplaces, restaurants, retails, etc., where young people work,” said Mary O’Neill, a regional attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the Phoenix district covering Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.

Indeed, most teenagers never report such behavior, experts said, because many teens are either too embarrassed or just don’t realize that legally they don’t have to put up with such sleazy behavior.

The official EEOC numbers on teen sexual harassment charges are only about 107 as of May 18. That compares to 237 charges of sexual harassment against kids 19 and younger for all of 2009. (Date of birth is not required when filing such charges with the EEOC.)

O’Neill believes the numbers are much higher and said the data is just the “tip of the iceberg.” Teens, she added, are less likely than adults to blow the whistle on such acts.

They just think, ‘This is my first job, so this is what I have to tolerate,’” she said.

Companies hit by lawsuits
Such cases show up at major companies such as Burger King, McDonalds, Starbucks and Ruby Tuesday, just to name a few.

Last March, Burger King agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a teen sexual harassment suit with the EEOC.

The harassment included unwelcome touching, overt sexual advances, and frequent requests for sexual favors. The suit further asserted that (the teenaged worker) complained about the harassment to her assistant managers, who failed to take appropriate action to stop the unlawful conduct,” according to the EEOC filing.

And in November, Ruby Tuesday agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a case with the EEOC involving a general manager who subjected female employees, including teens, to “crude sexual propositions” and “sexually explicit and graphic remarks.”

Sexual harassment is always unacceptable, but when some of the victims are vulnerable teenagers, it is especially unconscionable,” said EEOC’s Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru at the time the settlement was announced.

What O’Neill has found in her investigations is that it’s typically one teen with a strong adult in their lives who’s most likely to come forward. When the agency begins to investigate, she added, more teens often come forward saying they also were harassed.

In one case, a manager was sexually harassing boys who were all 15 and 16, asking them for sex and grabbing their private parts, but no one came forward until one boy’s grandfather forced him to. “He was so embarrassed,” O’Neill said, “but the grandfather said, ‘You have to complain.’

Teens targeted
E.J. Graff, associate director and senior researcher for Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, has long researched the issue of teens and harassment at work. She estimates based on government and independent reports that as many as 200,000 teens are harassed or assaulted at work every year.

My sense from my reporting is there are sexual predators that figured out places where teens work in the summer are candy shops for them,” she said.

Making matters worse, many teens are more accessible than ever thanks to social networking sites and mobile devices, opening them up to more potential abuse.

We have had a couple of cases where the individual was ‘texted’ late night by their supervisor, with subtle or not-so-subtle overtures,” said Teresa Bult, an employment attorney for Constangy, Brooks & Smith, a firm that represent employers.

The younger employees, teenagers, don't quite know how to deal with this type of text message, and most don't seem to report it until later, when someone else raises a harassment charge against the same person,” she said. “In two cases, the younger employee didn't raise it until they were interviewed as a witness after another complaint.”

But the courts as they pertain to minors in the workplace often view the laws differently, Bult said. For example, even if a teen consented to sex with an adult manager, it is still considered statutory rape because the teen was underaged.

In the case of a teen flirting with a boss who is making sexual advances, Bult added, if a sexual harassment claim is brought, the courts may find that the boss and the company were at fault even if actual intercourse did not occur. The thinking is that the adult should have known better, she said.

While the thought of our kids being harassed at work is scary, most teens will survive their first forays into the workplace unscathed by unsavory sexual behavior. And working is a great experience for teens and can build confidence and responsibility, according to a study done by Jeylan Mortimer, professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota.

But teens need information before they punch their first time clock.

That means parents, the education system, and governments need to do what they can to help protect teens when they head into the workplace, Graff said.

There are workshops and lessons for kindergartners and first-graders on good touch, bad touch and saying no, but we need more sophisticated lessons at 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,” Graff said. “We don’t offer that, and that’s when they start developing. Their bodies look different than their minds.”

Eve Tahmincioglu writes the weekly "Your Career" column for msnbc.com and chronicles workplace issues in her blog, CareerDiva.net.


Political scandals of the United States

Source: Wikipedia

2009- National

  • Indiana Congressman Mark Souder, (R-IN). Resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with a staffer. (2010) [227]
  • New York Congressman Eric Massa,(D) Resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his alleged behavior of groping and tickling a young male staffer. (2010) [5]
  • Nevada Senator John Ensign (R-NV) resigned his position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009 after admitting he had an affair with Cynthia Hampton the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign.[229] In 1998 Senator Ensign had called for President Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to adulterous acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009) [230]

2009 - Local
  • California State Senator Roy Ashburn (R) of Bakersfield, after arrest on two counts of DUI, admitted he was gay on a local radio station. Even though he voted against several gay rights initiatives, the divorced father of four was noted leaving a gay bar just before his arrest. (2010)[231]
  • California Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R) resigned September 9 after the married champion of family values was videotaped bragging about affairs with two different female lobbyists saying of one of them, "I'm getting into spanking her." (2009)[232]
  • South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R) who had voted for the impeachment of Bill Clinton[233], admitted during a press conference on June 24, 2009, that he had traveled to Argentina to have an extra-marital affair with an Argentinian woman. His staff had claimed he was "walking the Appalachian Trail." He then resigned as head of the Republican Governors Association and was censured by the State Legislature.(2009)[234]
  • Utah State Representative Kevin Garn (R) The Utah House Majority Leader resigned after admitting that in 1985 he had shared a hot tub with naked Cheryl Maher who was 15 at the time. See legislative scandals.(2010)[201]
  • Wisconsin Gary Becker (D) Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, charged with five child-sex felonies after being arrested by the FBI at a mall trying to meet a 14-year-old girl (January 16, 2009).[235]

2000-2008 National
  • John Edwards (D-NC) US Senator and former 2008 presidential primary contender, positioned himself as an honest, family values candidate. His position was seriously undercut when he admitted to an extramarital affair with actress and film producer Rielle Hunter which produced a child. (2008) [236]
  • Vito Fossella (R-NY) - US Congressman arrested for drunk driving, Fossella admitted to having an affair with Laura Fay, with whom he has a three-year-old daughter. He is currently married to Mary Patricia née Rowan with whom he has three children. (2008)[237]
  • Tim Mahoney (D-FL) - US Congressman who accepted seat after resignation of Mark Foley for sexual harassment. Mahoney admitted to an affair with his congressional aide and later campaign staffer Patricia Allen. When Allen threatened to sue for sexual harassment Mahoney paid her $122,000. Mahoney is also under FBI investigation for preferential treatment he may have given to Martin County in the amount of $3.4 million in hurricane funds. Mahoney was seeking re-election, but lost. (2008) race.[238]
  • David Vitter (R-LA) - US Senator who took former Senator David Livingston's seat when he stepped down due to an adultry charge. Vitter stated "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign as well..."[239] Vitters' name was discovered in the numbers book of DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey. He admitted his adultery and resigned from his race for Louisiana Governor. (2007)[240]
  • Randall L. Tobias (R) Appointed by George W. Bush to be Deputy Secretary of State, the 'AIDS Czar' who stated that US funds should be denied to countries that permitted prostitution.[241] resigned April 27, 2007 after confirming he had been a customer of the DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey.[242]
  • Glen Murphy Jr. (R) - 33 year-old president of the Young Republican National Federation, under investigation for oral sexual assault of a sleeping 22 year-old man. (2007) [243]
  • Larry Craig (R-ID) - US Senator who pled guilty to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room in June, after having been arrested on a charge of homosexual lewd conduct. Governor Craig had previously stated that "people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy - a naughty boy." (2007)[244]
  • Mark Foley (R-FL) Congressman accused of sending sexually explicit emails to underage male congressional pages. When discovered he resigned and was replaced by Tim Mahoney.(2006)[245]
  • Brian J. Doyle (R) Deputy Press Secretary in the United States Department of Homeland Security. Indicted for seducing a 14-year-old girl on the internet who was actually a sheriff's deputy. On November 17, 2006, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 10 years of probation, and was registered as a sex offender. [246]
  • Jeff Gannon (R) A.K.A. James Dale Guckert A.K.A. "Bulldog", was admitted to White House press conferences as a journalist without proper vetting and allowed to ask such sympathetic questions that The Daily Show referred to him as "Chip Rightwingenstein of the Bush Agenda Gazette." Records show he was admitted to the White House numerous times even when there were no press conferences. He later admitted to being a $200/day gay prostitute. (2005)[247]
  • Jack Ryan (R-IL) U.S. Senate candidate - Sex scandal became public during divorce proceedings with Jeri Ryan. Ms. Ryan is better known as 7 of 9 on the television program Star Trek: Voyager. (2004) [248]
  • Ed Schrock (R-VA) Two term Congressman who aggressively fought gay rights programs dropped out of his third term race after he was discovered soliciting sex from a gay prostitute and finally admitted that he himself was gay.(2004)[249]
  • Don Sherwood (R-PA) Congressman who failed to win re-election after a five year extramarital affair with accusations of physical abuse was revealed. (2004)[250]
  • Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH) Congressman had a long term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook. He married her after his divorce.(2003)[251]
  • Gary Condit (D-CA) A US Congressman whose affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in 2008 an ex-felon with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder. (2001)[252]

2000- 2008 Local
  • California Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa (D) extramarital affair with television reporter Mirthala Salinas.(2009)[253]
  • California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Accused of sexual harassment by six women, Schwarzenegger admitted to previous misconduct. He also spoke of orgies and marijuana use. (2004) [254]
  • Florida State Representative Bob Allen (R-FL) convicted of solicitation of a police officer in a public men's room. (2007)[255]
  • Hawaii State Representative Galen Fox (R-H) Resigned after being convicted of minor sex assualt charges concerning a sleeping Asian woman in the airplane seat next to him. (2005) [256]
  • Kansas Attorney General Paul J. Morrison (D) after an extramarital affair with an office administrator, she charged him with sexual harassment. He resigned January 31, 2008.[257]
  • Louisiana State Senator Jerry Thomas (R) admitted in 2003 to charges of lewd conduct with another man in an adult video store in New Orleans. The married father of four, completed the final year of his Senate term and did not run again. [258]
  • Michigan Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) see Local scandals 2000-2009
  • New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey (D) admitted that he had an extramarital affair with Golan Cipel, an Israeli national, whom he had appointed as Homeland Security Advisor. When threatened with a lawsuit by Cipel, he admitted his homosexuality and resigned. His second wife immediately filed for divorce. (2004) [259]
  • New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) used the Emperors Club VIP prostitution service to meet $1,000/ night escorts. [260] No charges were filed since no public funds were used, though he resigned anyway. (2008)[261]
  • Roosevelt Dobbins (D-AR) - pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment for fondling a teenager (2005)
  • Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann (D) resigned May 14, 2008, after he admitted he had an affair with a staff member. [262]
  • Washington State Congressman Richard Curtis (R) married with two children, voted against several gay rights proposals until blackmailed and outed by a male prostitute. He resigned soon after. (2007)[263]
  • Washington Mayor of Spokane James E. West (R) was married briefly and voted against several gay rights proposals. Faced with charges of past child molestation and being discovered on a gay website, West was recalled from his position and resigned.(2005) [264]
  • West Virginia Governor Bob Wise (D), admitted to an affair with a female state employee. (2003)[265]
  • Paul Patton (D), Governor of Kentucky, went public after a former mistress alleged retaliation against her business when she ended the relationship. (2002) [266]

1990–1999 National
  • Bill Clinton President (D-AR) intern Monica Lewinsky allegedly had oral sex with Clinton leading him to famously declare on TV on January 26, 1998 that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal led to impeachment by the House for perjury, but he was acquitted in the Senate by 10 votes (1998) [267]
  • Newt Gingrich US Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (R-GA) admitted to having an affair with (his current wife, Callista Bisek, his third) while still married to his second wife in the late 1990s. This was at the same time he was leading the Congressional investigation of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. (1998) [268]
  • Bob Barr (R-GA) US Congressman who called for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.[269] His own sexual hypocrisy was alleged by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt who claims Barr's second wife said he was cheating on her with Barr's soon to be third wife.[270]
  • Bob Livingston (R-LA) US Congressman who famously called for the impeachment of Bill Clinton resigned after his own extra marital affair was revealed. (1998)[271]
  • Nevada Senator John Ensign (R-NV) resigned his position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009 after admitting he had an affair with Cynthia Hampton, the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign. In 1998 Senator Ensign had called for President Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009)[272]
  • Robert Packwood (R-OR) US Senator was forced to resign his office when his vehement denials of any wrongdoing (after 29 women came forward with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assaults) were eventually contradicted by his own lurid diaries boasting of his sexual conquests. (1995)[273]
  • While a Senator (R-SC) Mark Sanford had voted for the impeachment of Bill Clinton[274], Now Governor Sanford(R-SC) admitted during a press conference on June 24, 2009, that he had traveled to Argentina to have an extra-marital affair with an Argentinian woman. His staff had claimed he was "walking the Appalachian Trail." He then resigned as head of the Republican Governors Association and was censured by the State Legislature.(2009)[275]
  • Mel Reynolds (D-IL) indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer (1994.) He was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. (1995)[276]
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA) arrested for soliciting a prostitute for oral sex in his car. (1993)[277]
  • Chuck Robb Senator (D-VA) Accused of an affair with Miss Virginia USA Tai Collins which he denied. (1991)[278]
  • Clarence Thomas (R) Supreme Court nominee accused by Anita Hill and others of sexual harassment. (1991)[279]
  • Arlan Stangeland (R-MN) US Congressman found to have made hundreds of phone calls to a female lobbyist. Though he denied any romantic involvement, he lost re-election. (1990)[280]
  • Donald "Buz" Lukens (R-OH) - US Congressman who resigned before facing investigation that he fondled a Washington elevator operator. (1990) See Sex Scandals 1980-1989[281]

1980–1989 National
  • Gus Savage (D-IL) accused of trying to force himself on a female Peace Corps worker in Zaire. No action was taken after he apologized to her. (1989) [282]
  • Barney Frank (D-MA) was reprimanded by the House for rescinding 33 parking tickets of Steve Gobie, a male prostitute whom Frank met and lived with. Gobie claimed to have conducted an escort service from Frank's apartment when he was not at home. (1989) [283]
  • Brock Adams (D-WA) Eight women accused Adams of committing various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape. (1988) [284]
  • Richard Gardner (R) who ran for office in both California and Las Vegas, NV admitted to three counts of molesting his 12 year old daughter. (2002) [285]
  • Jim Bates (D-CA) made sexual advances toward female staffers. (1988)
  • Gary Hart Senator (D-CO) - Seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 Hart was photographed with model Donna Rice on a boat named 'Monkey Business' during a trip to the Bahamas. His popularity plummeted and he soon dropped out. (1987)
  • Ernie Konnyu (R-CA) - US Congressman had sexual harassment complaints by two female staffers. (1987)
  • Gerry Studds (D-MA) and Dan Crane (R-IL) are censured July 20, 1983 in Congressional Page sex scandal for having sex with under age congressional pages. (1983) [286]
  • Jon Hinson (R-MS) US Congressman charged with oral sodomy of a male Library of Congress employee. (1981)
  • Robert Bauman (R-MD) - US Congressman charged with attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute. (1980)
  • Thomas Evans (R-DE) US Congressman who went golfing in FL with nude model and lobbyist Paula Parkinson who suggested her technigues were "tactile." Lost 1982 re-election bid.(1980)

1980-1989 Local
  • John G. Schmitz (R-CA) - State Senator whose extramarital affair resulted in 2 offspring. (1982)
  • Paul Ingram (R-WA) County Party Chairman Paul Ingram was accused by his daughters of sexual abuse and satanic ritual abuse and later, accused by his son in 1988. Convicted on three counts of rape. [287]

1970–1979
  • Fred Richmond (D-NY) - Charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy were dropped after he submitted to counseling. (1978) [288]
  • Wayne Hays (D-OH) - Elizabeth Ray scandal (1976)
  • John Young (D-TX) - a former female staffer said that she received a pay raise after giving in to Young's sexual advances (1976)
  • Allan Howe (D-UT) - arrested for soliciting two police officers posing as prostitutes (1976)
  • Wilbur Mills (D-AR) Found intoxicated with stripper Fanne Foxe. He was re-elected anyway, though after he gave an intoxicated press conference from Foxe's burlesque house dressing room, he resigned.(1974)

Local
  • Neil Goldschmidt (D-OR) Mayor of Portland, Admitted to an affair with a 14 yr old girl in the 1970s, which became public May 6, 2004

1900–1969
  • Walter Jenkins (D) top aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson - caught in a gay liaison with a Hungarian man in a YMCA bathroom (1964)
  • Strom Thurmond Senator (R-SC) - Had sex with 15-year-old African American resulting in child
  • Warren Harding President (R) Judged at the time a handsome man who looked like a president, while married to his wife Folrence, he supposedly had affairs with Carrie Phillips, Francis Russell and Nan Britton. (1921–1923) [289]
  • Newport Sex Scandal (1919) Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated an investigation into allegations of "immoral conduct" (homosexuality) at the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island; the investigators were also accused of homosexuality (1919)

1776–1899
  • Grover Cleveland President (D) During the election of 1884 Cleveland, a bachelor, paid child support to Maria Crofts Halpin even though the child may not have been his. The controversy raised the cry, "Ma, ma, where's my pa?" After he won, it was answered by, "Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha!" (1884)
  • James Buchanan President (D) and future Vice President William Rufus King (D-NC) were the subject of scandalous gossip (alleging a homosexual affair) in Washington, D.C. for many years. Andrew Jackson referred to them as Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy. (1850's)
  • Petticoat affair, or Eaton affair: Margaret "Peggy" O'Neale, later Margaret O'Neill Eaton, whose husband was alleged to have been driven to suicide because of her affair with Jackson's Secretary of War, John Henry Eaton. (1831)
  • Thomas Jefferson was accused of fathering the children of his slave Sally Hemmings by the published articles of James Callender.[290] (1802)
  • Alexander Hamilton-Maria Reynolds affair. Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to other people. Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton, forcing him to confess, further damaging his already controversial career.(1796)