Former Idaho lawmaker focus of sexual abuse investigation

Former Idaho lawmaker focus of sexual abuse investigation
Posted at 7:28 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 09:28:19-04

Documents obtained from the Idaho Attorney General's office show that the investigating involving a former state lawmaker is for possible sexual abuse.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor asked Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to take over the investigation due to a conflict of interest in the case involving 36-year-old Brandon Hixon.

According to an Oct. 25 agreement between the two offices, "sexual abuse allegations" are mentioned while referencing the case.

Hixon's attorney did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday.

Records obtained by The Associated Press also show that Hixon was the focus of a separate police investigation in 2014 after he was accused of inappropriate touching.

Other than Hixon, all other names and ages -- including the accuser -- were redacted in the police documents. No charges or arrests were made.

Police records show that Hixon denied the accusations.

Hixon, a Republican, was elected state representative in 2012. He resigned two weeks ago following disclosure of the current police investigation.

(by Associated Press)