Jon Stanard, a married Republican lawmaker who voted for stricter laws against prostitution, abruptly resigned from the Utah House of Representatives after an escort claimed he paid her for sex on two separate occasions.
Brie Taylor says Jon Stanard, 43, met allegedly her for sex during two business trips to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2017. Taylor claims she was paid $250.00 for each of the alleged one-hour meetings in June and August, which she says involved oral sex and intercourse.
Stanard resigned on February 6 with no explanation. On February 8, The Daily Mail published an interview with Taylor and racy texts that it says Stanard sent to her.
The two reportedly exchanged text messages discussing when and where to meet. In one exchange, Taylor asked a man believed to be Stanard if she should bring any “accessories” or “toys,” like a corset.
Taylor, 39, claims Stanard first approached her in March 2017. He allegedly texted her, saying “Looking at your website. Can you meet?”
A second text sent afterwards said, “Would need to be tonight. Only in town a little. Anytime. Can do in or out. A hotel in downtown SL.”
That appointment was thwarted because Taylor’s 10-year-old son was sick.
Stanard allegedly tried again in April but Taylor was unavailable. She said they finally met up for the first time on June 20 at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
According to Taylor, she knew who Stanard was because she screens all of her clients using a phone number service. She also Googled him.
“He opened the door and he was very nice. He was a gentleman,” she said. “We chatted just briefly and then I got changed out of what I was wearing into lingerie. Then the adult stuff started to happen.”
“He said he comes up to Salt Lake a lot and he would like to see me again. He said he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there.”
Jon Stanard Being Investigated for Possible Misuse of Funds
The Utah House is trying to determine if hotel stipends given to Jon Stanard or his state-issued cellphone were improperly used to arrange the alleged meetings with Taylor.
“If the allegations prove to be true, we may request he reimburse the state for any hotel payment that exists that we can match up,” said Greg Hartley, chief of staff for the Utah House.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Stanard had paid $225.00 to the Fairfield Inn using campaign funds on September 22. This does not match the dates of the alleged meet-ups given by Taylor, but it is a payment date as opposed to the date of a stay. Utah law forbids personal use of campaign funds.
Stanard, who stated on his now-deleted web site that he is “a strong advocate for conservative family values,” has three children with his wife LeeAnne.
In 2017, Stanard voted in favor of stricter prostitution laws, including raising the penalty for soliciting sex to $2,500. In 2016, Stanard also supported a bill in Utah that called pornography a public health crisis.
Commenting on the allegations, Stanard’s attorney, Walter Bugden, said, “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. He has resigned his office.”