Utah lawmaker reports woman approached him at hotel as his 'date' day after sex scandal
(KUTV) State Sen. Evan Vickers said in a press briefing Friday that a woman knocked on his hotel room door Thursday night and repeatedly told him she was his date. Lawmakers are concerned, after the incident, that they could be targets for those wishing to exploit or blackmail them.
Vickers told his story in a room for the press that included Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, just a day after it was reported a just-resigned Utah lawmaker paid for sex at least twice while he held office.
"It certainly had all the feels of entrapment," Vickers said Friday, explaining that a woman told him "I am your date," multiple times as he was planning to leave his room. He said he responded "No you are not," before closing his room door and calling a colleague to meet him at his room. They went together to a University of Utah basketball game against Stanford.
Niederhauser said an investigation has been launched into the incident and he said he has spoken to all the senators, warning them about the situation.
"[I told them] To be on high alert in their lives, in social media, questioning those who might have malintent -- to try to entrap us in a situation and to be together as much as possible; there is strength in numbers," Neiderhauser said.
The lawmakers stressed that they don't know if Vickers was a target or if the woman was there by coincidence or accident. Neiderhauser didn't know if it was a criminal investigation or a legislative one but claimed that it still limited what lawmakers could say about it.
"Law enforcement is going to look into this and we will have some feedback from them," Neiderhauser said. "We just want to make sure the facts are out there."
Vickers described the woman as "very normal looking" with brown hair.
"She did not look like ... any different than any person you would meet on the street," he said. "The way she was dressed or anything like that did not lead me to believe anything about her."
Lawmakers said the hotel where they were staying did not give out guest or room information about guests and said even hotel security, while investigating the claims, couldn't access Vickers' room number.
Vickers represents District 28, Beaver, Iron and Washington counties.
Neiderhauser represents District 9 in Salt Lake County.