Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney took the action after learning about a 1974 rape case involving Patterson, spokeswoman Andrea Dearden confirmed. The Idaho Statesman broke the story Sunday. After being charged with a Florida rape in 1974, Patterson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that carried a withheld judgment and probation.
He responded to the article in a written statement, saying "I became embroiled in a bizarre encounter with a woman while visiting Florida right after graduation. Suddenly I found myself arrested, alone and in jail without possibility of bond, falsely charged with the horrible crime of rape." | Read Full Statement
Patterson went on to say, "I was overwhelmed... I accepted a plea arrangement for a withheld judgment which placed me on probation for five years. All I wanted was to get out of there and be reunited with my family."
Patterson's lawyer told KBOI 2News that he would not be granting any interviews on Monday.
Sheriff Raney says the lawmaker falsified his application for a concealed weapons license because he didn't disclose the guilty plea to assault with intent to commit rape.
Rep. Patterson was elected in 2012. He's still allowed to carry a concealed weapon because of a law on the books that doesn't require elected officials to have a permit.