According to his campaign website, Jon Stanard of the Utah House of Representatives, identifies as “a strong advocate for conservative family values. I am Pro Life, as well as for Traditional Marriage.”
“The most important thing in Jon’s life is his family. He enjoys being able to spend time with his wife and three children every chance he can get,” the website also claims.
He also apparently likes to spend time with prostitutes in budget hotel rooms paid for by taxpayers.
Adult film star Brie Taylor tells the Daily Mail that Stanard paid her $250 for sex on two separate occasions while the “family values” politician was on business trips. And she has the receipts to prove it.
Taylor alleges Stanard first contacted her her March 7, 2017 while he was in Salt Lake City for work, with a text that read: “Looking at your website. Can you meet?”
In a second text, he wrote: “Would need to be tonight. Only in town a little. Anytime. Can do in or out. At hotel in downtown SL.”
Taylor was unavailable to meet that evening because her 10-year-old son was sick, but the two eventually arranged to meet at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City on June 20.
She says he was “a gentleman.”
“He opened the door and he was very nice,” she recalls. “We chatted just briefly and then I got changed out of what I was wearing into lingerie.”
Afterwards, Stanard asked to see her again.
“He said he comes up to Salt Lake a lot and he would like to see me again. He said he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there.”
They met again on August 22 at the same hotel.
Prostitution is illegal in Utah and Stanard has been a vocal advocate for increasing the punishments for it.
House Chief of Staff Greg Hartley now says the House is investigating whether the disgraced lawmaker used taxpayer funds to pay for the hotel rooms on the days he allegedly hired Taylor as well as if his misused his state-issued cellphone.
“If the allegations prove to be true, we may request he reimburse the state for any hotel payment that exists that we can match up,” he said.
Stanard has been keeping a low profile ever since the scandal broke, although his lawyer did issue the following statement:
Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn’t any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations.
Ah, yes. The old “blame the media” excuse.
Stanard resigned from office last week citing “immediate personal and family concerns.”