A Tea Party favorite for the U.S. Senate in Ohio has just been indicted by a grand jury for unlawful conduct with a minor:
A New Lebanon man, running for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on sex charges.
Eric Deaton was indicted on one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl between March 2006 and March 2007.
Perry Township police said Deaton met the victim at a church where Deaton served as an elder.
Deaton, who is due in court September 14, faces up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. This isn’t stopping Deaton though. He’s staying in the race and insisting that this is some big political setup:
“I think this is politically motivated,” said Deaton, blaming the indictment on his decision to run for political office.
“The powers that be don’t like that,” said Deaton, who said he intends to stay in the race.
Deaton has been pretty much an unknown in Ohio politics, well that is until now. He has only received a handful of endorsements, but one of those endorsements really sticks out:
Perhaps it’s just a day of major irony, but looking at the front page for Vote Family Values, I couldn’t help but notice one of their top news stories:
“Christian Teens and Hands-On Politics”? It sure sounds like Deaton took that way to literally.