Days after Ohio Republican State Legislator Wes Goodman resigned after being caught engaging in “inappropriate behavior,” with an unknown man at his Riffe Center office, evidence of an alleged sexual assault has now surfaced.
Emails and documents obtained by the Washington Post revealed back in October 2015 Goodman was reported to have groped an 18-year-old in his hotel room during a fundraising event.
When the parents of the teen discovered what took place they called for immediate action to be taken by Tony Perkins, president of the Council for National Policy; the organization responsible for putting the event together.
“If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade,” the stepfather wrote to Perkins in an email.
“Trust me . . . this will not be ignored nor swept aside,” Perkins replied. “It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.”
The situation was handled discreetly and put under wraps until this week when news broke of Goodman’s resignation. However, the 2015 incident did lead to Goodman being suspended from the council and Perkins privately asking him to drop out of the race.
Last week, Ohio House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe told House Speaker Republican Cliff Rosenberger of a witness who discovered the Representative hooking up with another man in his office.
Rosenberger and Goodman, who’s married and an advocate for so called traditional marriage, discussed what repercussions would be made for his actions. Shortly after this meeting took place the right-wing legislator resigned.
“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberger said in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch. “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”
Goodman, 33, who has shunned the LGBT community for not reflecting “family values,” during his campaign has asked for privacy during this time for him and his family. The legislator has also deactivated all of his social media and campaign websites.
“We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” Goodman said. “For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”