‘Anti-grooming’ Texas Republican resigns over sexual relationship with teen intern

Texas GOP Rep. Bryan Slaton has resigned this Monday after a panel found that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 19-year-old intern, Rolling Stone reported.

Slaton resigned one day before the state legislature was scheduled to vote on whether to expel him from the House of Representatives. His resignation comes after a bipartisan panel released a 16-page report detailing Slaton’s “grave and serious” misconduct.

“It has been an honor to represent my friends, neighbors and the great people and communities of House District 2,” Slaton wrote in a statement on Monday. “They voted overwhelmingly to send me to the Capitol as their representative in two elections, and I worked daily to meet their expectations. My decision today is to ensure that their expectations will continue to be met by a new representative who will work hard on their behalf.”

Slaton was accused of having sexual relations with a 19-year-old intern he brought to his apartment after giving her alcohol. As LGBTQ Nation pointed out last month, Slaton is one of the most anti-LGBTQ+ legislators in Texas. He supports a law banning minors from drag shows, and introduced legislation that would give tax cuts to heterosexual couples who have lots of children.

In an April 4 tweet, Slaton wrote, “We must protect Texas kids from sick adults who want to sexualize them. No drag shows. No porn in their libraries. No gender transition surgeries. Yes to letting kids be kids.”


Sky Palma

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