Aaron von Ehlinger makes first court appearance

Idaho Lawmaker Rape Complaint Hearing
Posted at 11:23 AM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 14:35:26-04

BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger made his first court appearance Wednesday in Ada County.

Our media partner the Idaho Statesman reports the hearing only lasted a few minutes and von Ehlinger appeared virtually with his attorney, John Cox. According to court records, a no-contact order has been served.

According to the Associated Press, Cox says his client is looking forward to his days in court and will fight the allegations vigorously.

Von Ehlinger is charged with two felonies, including rape. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The investigation into von Ehlinger started in April of this year after a 19-year-old legislative intern reported he reaped her in his apartment after they had dinner. Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintained he had consensual sexual contact with the woman, according to the AP.