It appears that this young lady has some problems of her own and that this will
bring about her repentance fow her own wrongdoing.
No, Garn, your primary concern is how this will affect your political career,
not your family. Cynical? Yes, but you people in the Legislature leave us no
choice but to think that way based on the politically motivated and self-serving
unethical and childish behavior of you and many of your colleagues each session.
While I won't judge him morally, someone else higher than I will do that, I will
hope that as citizens we hold our state leaders to high level of good judgement.
In this case, Mr. Garn failed multiple times to use good judgement. I am
troubled by his participation, his denial, his comment that he agreed with the
girl that the money would help her heal, and that he only came clean when he got
caught. I for one need someone with a higher degree of good judgement to lead
me. He should resign or be voted out! And legal issues should also be looked
There was a time in this Country when politicians believed in the old fashioned
values that made this Country great: honesty, fidelity, loyalty, and chastity.
Now, there is an epidemic of politicians who engage in immorality, dishonesty,
and substance abuse. Distressingly, they seek to hide this behavior from the
public, and yet, when it is revealed they claim that there is nothing wrong with
I will judge him morally. He took a vow (well, a couple...) and not only did he
abdicate on them, he tried to cover it up. He is a legislator tasked with making
laws not breaking them. This is pedophilia and extortion. They both are guilty.
She for asking for extorted funds as an adult, he for taking advantage of a
minor as an adult. Don't give me the "he repented" nonsense either. He loses his
job. He does jail time. You would. I would. Period. Yes, if you run for elected
office and have the privilege of influencing and writing laws, you should have
to uphold them. Case closed. Nude bathing with a child of 15 at 28 is
pedophilia. Pure and simple. He needs to be prosecuted. He's only looking out
for his career now and that's clear since the $150K was paid LONG after the
offense. He deserves no defense and should resign. Whether the statute of
limitations applies I don't know but it shouldn't. Shame on him and her. Where
was Mom & Dad 25 years ago btw? Resign Mr. Garn.
What is the statute of limitations here. Should this predator be in prison or to
say the least, on the sex offender registry? Our children need to be protected
from this man!
Exposing yourself to a minor is a crime.Tampering with a witness is a
Considering his political career directly impacts his family its pretty much
impossible to say that he's trying to protect his political situation purely for
its own sake. People that honestly don't want good things to happen
for friends and family are pretty far apart with few inbetween.He
made a mistake, so do most people. Some people view politicians as status
symbols who are supposed to be model citizens that can be looked up to and felt
proud of, not unlike super heroes.I view politicians as people whose
primary job is "supposed" to be representing the concerns of the voters they are
responcible for. I don't expect them to be superhuman with spotless records
because in practice essentially NONE of them are. Some are just much better at
hiding things than others. It doesn't always make them bad people, it doesn't
always make them bad at their job.I think they should be held
accountable legally the same as anyone else, but nothing more. I do believe
that if we focused and held politicians more accountable for their jobs than
personal lives it would in turn push their focus accordingly. /shrug
Seriously, the only reason he feels bad is that the truth was coming out. I
would not be surprised if there are more women that come forward. Throw the bum out and put him on a sex offender registry for the rest of his
Naked in a hot tub with NO sexual contact? I find that very hard to believe.
Sorry Kevin, time for you to re-sign. We all make mistakes but we all don't
pay 150,000 dollars hush money. We want our leaders to be more accountable and
you are, after all, a public servant.
He should do the honorable thing and resign. But Republicans have no shame,
especially in Utah where they are untouchable. I wonder if he has been hiking
the Appalachian Trail, too.
This was not an affair, it was a crime.An affair would require two
consenting adults.The minor child could not consent.There are men in
prison right now for this sort of thing.How is that he has never been
charged?Was it reported?The statute of limitations starts when it is
discovered/reported to the police.Right now Roman Polanski is sitting on
house arrest waiting to come back to the US for the same sort of thing.I
certainly understand that affairs happen, and no one is perfect.However
this is an entirely different thing all together.It appears that his
behavior has seriously damaged this woman.The money he paid out, although
wrong by both Kevin and the woman. I put 99% of the blaim on Kevin.He
created the problem, when he messed her up mentally in the hot tub.You can
not pay some money, and think that clears you from the legal consequences, of
sexual contact with a minor.
Mr Garn needs to take responsiblity for his actions. It was not a mistake that
he was naked in the hot tub with a child. It was a diliberate criminal act that
he did with purpose and consideration.
To the 2:01 commentator, Since Senator Kilpack resigned, it is not Utah
Republicans who fail to resign. It is in fact South Carolina Republican
governors who have Democrats in the state legislature stop impeachment efforts
by Republicans. It was Rep. Livingston who resigned for non-criminal acts
to pressure Bill Clinton to do the same for perjury. I fully think Garn
has got to go, but there are many cases of failure to resign in both parties, so
do not make it a partisan issue.
Well, he cried and got a standing ovation, therefore he must be the victim in
all this. I wonder if my legislator stood up for him? I'm sure he did, thereby
condoning bribery and child sexual abuse. How proud we Utahns are.
Don't Bishop's of the LDS Church have to report illegal activities such as
My head is still spinning over this. I would feel differently if this had been
between consenting adults, but this is clearly an adult taking advantage of an
underage girl. He was this girl's employer and was also in a position of trust
as her Sunday School teacher. I think it is extremely disconcerting under the
circumstances that this newspaper would choose to spike a story when they have
these facts before them.
What a shame and disgrace that the bigots on Capitol Hill would give a child
molester a standing ovation. You all make it look like Mormons don't think
anything is wrong with what he did. It makes me sick to my stomach the way
these legislators think and act. We can't help the poor they need to fend for
themselves. We can't give the gays and lesbians protection from discrimination,
but we can give a standing ovation to a child molester because is one of their
members. FOR SHAME ON ALL OF YOU>
In Utah there is no statute of limitations on the sexual abuse of a child. He
has publicly admitted to sex-crime of sexual abuse of a minor. He should be
Garn's statment "I expect to suffer public humiliation and embarrassment" Mr
Gran you deserve pubic humiliation and embarrassment ", but I also want you to
know that I cannot allow one foolish mistake to continue to shadow my life." Mr
Garn, one mistake? Paying a women (who was 15 at the time of the naked hot tube
incident) $150000 was not a second mistake. "At this point, I would rather be
open and honest about this than continue to live in fear. Some lessons are hard
to learn. This is something I should have done back in 2002." Mr Garn 2002 is
the first time you think you should have been honest and done the right thing?
Majority Leader Rep. Kevin Garn should RESIGN TONIGHT, if not for
the people to represent, then for the sake of your family. The public outrage is
not going to end.
I keep seeing that Rep Garn received a standing ovation. I have not seen this
in a story. This could not possibly be true. Why would the senate applaud a
man addmitting he was naked with a 15yr old girl
I assume you meant Curious. Yes, Bishops do have to report criminal behavior
that is confessed to them, which leads me to believe that a confession was never
Not only did they applaud but the applause were obviously staged ahead of time
and not spontaneous. Watch the KSL 5 video on YouTube. I am glad the filthy
disgusting behavior in our sacred chambers of legislation was not unanimous.
There is no way all the legislators clapping their hands knew the details of
these uninvestigated crimes. They are folowing directions given by a few "in the
know" of Mr. Garn's story who probably don't have a lot invested with Cheryl
Maher like Mr. Garn did.
Sorry, John Pack Lambert, but the GOP is in total control in Utah and they are
too powerful. They know they can't be touched. GOP leadership applauds the man
because they will never be voted out. So yes, it is a partisan matter in Utah.
There is no check on power here.
If one can't control ones needs for sexual excitement drive over to Wells or
Elko Nevada. I don't know what it costs these days to engage professionals but
I'm sure it costs a lot more to find yourself in a situation that will ruin your
life and your family.
Keep watching To Catch a Predator. Garn is sure to put in an appearannce and
instead of getting arrested will get a high five when he exits the house.
Garn said this happened 25 years ago when he was 28. He's 55 now. How does the
Our legislature, for the most part, appears to be nothing more than another
"good ole boy" club who knows that all they have to do to be in public office is
to win a primary. When are we going to put an end to this sham of a political
Garn,It is my utmost hope as a citizen of Utah that you get prison time,
sex offender status, a civil suit from your victim, etc., etc, etc.You have put yourself above the law for so long and think that a publicity
stunt with your friends applauding your character is somehow suppose to stop
criminal proceedings?The statement I just read is about mistakes and
waters down culpability and responsibility on your part to nothing. She was a
minor by age. You were an adult by age.
It's like all his friends are saying...Sorry GARN, could'a been me
caught. Good-ole boys club. Sick of our entire government!Love ya GARN...I've got stuff in my closet too...but I paid a lot
more...and she stayed quiet.You could lock up half the group and
still not have them all!