Report: Resigned Utah lawmaker paid escort for sex twice

Report: Married Utah lawmaker allegedly paid escort for sex twice. (Photo courtesy Utah House of Representatives)

(KUTV) — DailyMail.com reports that former lawmaker Rep. Jon Stanard,(R-Dist. 62), who resigned from his position on Tuesday citing "immediate personal and family concerns," met with a Salt Lake escort twice for sex.

Stanard was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. He resides in St. George and is married with three children.

The 43-year-old former state representative voted in favor of stricter laws on prostitution in March 2017. The penalty for soliciting sex is $2,500 and a Class A misdemeanor because of the passed legislation.

Stanard stated on his website, which was quoted by the DailyMail, that he is a "strong advocate for conservative family values" and is "pro life, as well as for traditional marriage."

Brie Taylor is the self-professed escort that Stanard solicited. She stated to DailyMail that Stanard paid her $250 for each one-hour sexual session on two separate business trips to Salt Lake City, which took place in June and August.

Text messages obtained by DailyMail.com appear to show that Stanard met with the 39-year-old after seeing her advertisement online and looking at her website.

The phone number these text messages were sent to match the phone number listed on Stanard's public profile on the Utah House of Representatives website, the DailyMail reported.

Stanard's website and social media accounts are no longer online and his registered phone numbers have been disconnected, the DailyMail reported.

A statement given to the DailyMail from Stanard's attorney Walter Bugden says, "Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn't any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations."

The DailyMail reported that Taylor is a single mother and quoted her saying Stanard's political stance is "hypocritical" and that his resignation was "inevitable."

"People here will be grossed out and appalled by this," Taylor said in the DailyMail article. "They thought they knew him."

Taylor told the DailyMail that she was surprised to learn he voted in favor of stricter [prostitution] laws.

"It is hypocritical because he is supporting laws that make it stricter for other men who do what he does," Taylor is quoted in the article.

Cell phone screenshots shared with the DailyMail appear to show correspondences between Stanard and Taylor lasted from March 2016 through November 2017.

The exchanged messages displayed in the article show Stanard requesting a meeting with Taylor, but she declined because her 10-year-old son was ill.

According to the DailyMail, Stanard allegedly messaged her once more the following month, but she was again unable to get together with him.

However, they did meet June 20, 2017, at the Fairfield Inn in Salt Lake City, the article reported.

Taylor told the DailyMail that she knew who Stanard was because she screens all of her clients using a phone number service and search engine.

"I was surprised that he was using his real phone number," Taylor was quoted in the article. "I thought that was kind of stupid but I knew he wasn't a psycho so I met him."

In the article Taylor described how after the one-hour session, Stanard mentioned that "...he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there."

"He doesn't drink so we didn't do anything like that, but during that session they were trying pass medical marijuana so we talked about that," Taylor recounted in the DailyMail story.

As a Mormon, Stanard could face severe punishment including ex-communication. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a stringent stance against adultery, likening it next to murder.

If convicted for engaging in prostitution, Stanard could be charged with a $2,500 fine. Taylor could also face charges as the bill Stanard voted in favor of makes it easier for authorities to prosecute escorts.

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