Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn has resigned. Earlier this week, Garn admitted that he spent time nude in a hot tub with a 15-year-old female, Cheryl Maher, 25 years ago. Garn was 29 at the time of the incident. He said that Maher worked for him.
Although Garn paid Maher $150,000 in 2002 (when he ran for Congress) to remain silent, she recently publicized the event to media. This caused Garn to go public.
Garn, a Republican, received applause and support from other lawmakers after he acknowledged the incident. Nonetheless, he decided it was best that he resign. Coincidentally, Maher stated today that she and Garn shared a hot tub twice and that the first incident occurred soon after she turned 15.
This is the second scandal to rock Utah Republicans this year. In January, Utah Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack resigned after a DUI arrest.