After a short
deliberation Friday, Florida state representative Bob Allen
was found guilty of soliciting oral sex in a public
bathroom. While he did not testify during the trial --
a decision made by his attorneys, MSNBC reports -- the
fallen politico said that he is innocent of the
charges and has done nothing wrong.
"My family, my
God, and my constituents know that, and we're not
going to stop until we get that justice," Allen said,
according to MSNBC.
Moments after the
verdict was announced, Florida house speaker Marco
Rubio released a statement denouncing Allen and recommending
that he be removed from his Merritt Island seat.
makes it impossible for Representative Allen to
represent responsibly the citizens of his district," he said
in the statement. "Furthermore, it is my personal
belief that it harms the reputation of the Florida
house of representatives. We will now take the
It would take a
two-thirds vote in the legislature to unseat Allen,
though the conviction carries no penalty for him as a
lawmaker. It would take another two-thirds vote in the
house to formally censure or reprimand him, according
to the Orlando Sentinel.
an undercover Titusville police officer, said Allen
walked into his bathroom stall, closed the door, and agreed
to pay him $20 for oral sex. Kavanaugh also said that
he asked if Allen could give him another $20, to which
Allen replied, "Sure, I can do that," and then
suggested going to a more private place, according to MSNBC.
argued that the prosecution failed to prove that Allen
broke the law. They said that he never specifically
described the sex act and that he did not
indicate a price.
Allen faces up to
a $500 fine and 60 days in jail on prostitution
solicitation charges, but since it is his first charge, he
may walk free. Prosecutors said they will argue for
jail time, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Allen's attorney
announced Friday that he will seek a new trial because
of "prosecutorial misconduct," according to the
report. Allen's sentencing is set for November 15,
though it may be delayed because Florida law requires
defendants in prostitution-related crimes to undergo testing
for sexually transmitted diseases before sentencing.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the results of the STD
test will be made public. (The Advocate)