Records: Former Idaho Sen. McGee sought sex in Capitol
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Police records show former Republican state Sen. John McGee was accused of propositioning a female aide for sex and making other unwanted advances inside his Idaho Capitol office.
The police documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday provided the most details to date about the accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior.
In September, McGee completed a 39-day stint in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disturbing the peace.
The victim, who worked for the 39-year-old former Senate majority caucus chairman from Caldwell, told investigators that he first propositioned her on Feb. 7 after locking the door to his fourth-floor Capitol offices.
When she refused and left, he told her "'this never happened,'" according to the police report.
In the following week, however, his inappropriate behavior continued, she told investigators, saying in one instance that he suggested she perform oral sex on him and another encounter where she said he grabbed her buttocks.
On Feb. 15, she said, McGee again called her into his office, locked the door and asked her to take her shirt off. She told detectives that she left the room while he was masturbating.
Neither McGee nor his lawyer Scott McKay returned calls Wednesday seeking comment.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman because of the sexual nature of the allegations.
Jean Fisher, the Ada County deputy prosecutor who handled the sexual harassment allegations, said her office opted for the misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge against McGee for a variety of reasons.
For one, Idaho doesn't have a criminal sexual harassment law.
And the victim, who lived in relative close proximity to McGee's home in Caldwell at the time, wanted to avoid the public scrutiny that might accompany a prosecution for a felony assault with intent to rape, Fisher said.
"She wanted accountability, she wanted something to happen, but she absolutely did not want a public trial" where she would have to testify, Fisher said.
Even if her office pursued a misdemeanor indecent exposure count, Fisher added, a conviction carried the same penalty as disturbing the peace.
McGee's sudden resignation from the Idaho Senate on Feb. 22 amid the sexual harassment allegations came after a tumultuous six-month period that began with his Father's Day 2011 arrest for drunken driving and taking a sport-utility vehicle that didn't belong to him.
He pleaded guilty to DUI that July. The felony car theft-related charge was dropped.
McGee is currently completing a 44-day community sentence linked to violating his DUI probation.