Constitution Party candidate Eric Deaton’s Senate run in Ohio is looking like a longshot tonight after he was indicted on a single count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged relationship with an unnamed 15 year old girl occurred in 2006 and 2007 when Deaton served as an elder at the girl’s church.
Said Perry Township Police Chief Bob Bowman: “He would tutor some classes and allowed her to come to his residences to do some work and earn some money.”
And there may be more.
Chief Bowman told reporter Mark Bruce of WHIO TV: “There are additional hotel dates that don’t correspond with information from our victim. We also have information from early on that there may be other girls from the church.”
Deaton, who has the support of major Tea Party groups in Ohio, is not backing down. He plans to remain in the race and says he believes the charges are “politically motivated.” According to Deaton, the “powers that be don’t like” his decision to enter the Senate race.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.