The criminal investigation that prompted the abrupt resignation of state Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, involves sexual abuse allegations, the Idaho Statesman reports today, and Hixon was investigated for a similar allegation in 2014.
The Statesman reports that Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor asked Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to take over the case because of a conflict of interest, because Taylor knows Hixon and has worked with him on several issues. An Oct. 25 agreement obtained by the Statesman mentions “sexual abuse allegations,” without elaborating; the Statesman’s full report is online here.
In addition, the Statesman reports that a Caldwell detective in December 2014 looked into a claim that Hixon inappropriately touched someone, possibly a child, but charges were never brought because the victim was not able to provide enough details. A partially redacted report says the case could be reopened if the victim “was able to communicate to us later that something has happened.” It also notes Hixon saying such an allegation “could ruin his political career.” The AP reports that Hixon was accused of inappropriate touching while babysitting at home.
Hixon, who is divorced with four children ages 6 to 17, resigned from the Legislature on Oct. 19. He was in his third term. The governor has received nominations of three District 10 Republicans to replace him: Jarom Wagoner, Donald Easteppe and Jeff Taggart..