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Anti-prostitution Utah State Rep. Jon Stanard allegedly used taxpayer money for sexual trysts with escort

February 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Anti-prostitution Utah State Rep. Jon Stanard allegedly used taxpayer money for sexual trysts with escort

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Utah state lawmaker Jon Stanard who opted for stricter penalties for prostitution has resigned from his position after allegations surfaced claiming that he used taxpayer money to fund hotel rooms to hook up with an escort he met online.

The DailyMail.com quoted call girl Brie Taylor, who claimed that former GOP Rep. Jon Stanard gave her $250 for sex on two occasions at the Fairfield Inn in Salt Lake City.

In one conversation that took place back in November, Stanard asked Taylor if she could bring “accessories” or “toys” or perhaps a “corset.”

Taylor said that he paid her $250 for each of the one-hour sessions last June and August during which she said she gave him oral sex and that they had sex.

House chief of staff Greg Hartley told the Associated Press that the married Stanard — who resigned on Tuesday — was compensated for two hotel stays while he was attending legislative meetings at the capital.

“It looks like they were legislative days,” GOP House Speaker Greg Hughes stated.

Hughes said he didn’t yet know if the House would ask Stanard to return the cash, and added that officials had not heard from Stanard.

Utah state Rep. Jon Stanard (pictured on January 22) may have stayed in taxpayer or campaign-funded hotel rooms when he had trysts with a prostitute last summer

“If there has been an abuse of funds or if public funds were used in a way that’s inappropriate, we would,” he stated. “I don’t have answers for those things. I would need to have a way that I would know that that is the case.”

It was not clear if the House would be able to determine whether Stanard used a state-issued phone to text Taylor because someone electronically erased the contents of the phone, which no longer contains the texts.

The 43-year-old, who was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012, has three kids with his wife, LeeAnne.

In 2017, he voted in favor of stricter laws on prostitution, which included increasing the fine for soliciting sex to $2,500.

“I am an advocate for conservative values. I am pro-life, as well as for traditional marriage,” Stanard states on his site.

Stanard’s lawyer Walter Bugden told the DailyMail.com: “Given the climate with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media, there isn’t any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations.

Stanard told the Associated Press that he resigned to spend time with his father, who has cancer.

Taylor — a mother of a 10-year-old child — said that Stanard first reached out to her last March.

“Looking at your website. Can you meet?” the man reportedly said.

Escort Brie Taylor (above) told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that Stanard paid her for sex during two business trips to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2017

In another message, he continued: “Would need to be tonight. Only in town a little. Can do in or out. At the hotel in downtown SL.”

They exchanged multiple messages, but Taylor couldn’t make it because her son was sick. He messaged her again a month later but she was again unavailable.

The two met for the first time in person at the Fairfield Inn in downtown Salt Lake City last June.

“I knew who he was because I screen all my clients using a number service and I Googled him,” Taylor said. “I was surprised that he was using his real number. I thought that was stupid, but I knew he wasn’t a psycho, so I met him.”

She referred to Stanard as a “gentleman.”

“We chatted briefly, and then I got changed out of what I was wearing into lingerie. Then the adult stuff started to happen,” she continued while claiming that they had vaginal and anal intercourse.

“It was a one-hour session and it went quickly, then the rest of it was chatting,” she said. “He said he never does this stuff in St. George because it is culturally strict there.”

Taylor said Stanard came back on a business trip later that summer and they met at the same hotel in August.

Text messages were sent from a number matches Stanard’s public profile on the Utah House of Representatives website. Above and below are some of the texts Stanard exchanged with the prostitute

Other screenshots also show messages sent from Stanard’s phone in November, when he inquired about the sex toys.

“Are u only here for one night? My sitter is not able to make tonight. If ur available tomorrow at all I can discount my hour to $200,” she responded, but he allegedly said that he could not.

Last March, Stanard voted in favor of a law that saw the crime of soliciting a prostitute reclassified from a class B to class A misdemeanor.

Taylor called his political stance “hypocritical.”

“It was inevitable that he had to resign,” she said. “People here will be grossed out and appalled. They thought they knew him. I was surprised when I found out that he voted in favor of stricter laws.”

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