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Normally we don't bring you the particulars on the arrests of a state representative for soliciting prostitution, but the details in this one (which are just now coming out) are too hard to ignore.
Florida State Rep. Bob Allen, co-chair of the John McCain campaign in Florida, was arrested in July for soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex (Allen wanted to pay the officer $20 to do it to him). Allen had sponsored 6 sex crime bills this year, some of which dealt with indecent exposure and soliciting sex.
Now Allen's own words at the time of his arrest reveal he first tried to see if being an elected official would get him off the hook. Then, according to a taped interrogation by the police, he appeared to play the race card.
"This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park," Allen, who is white, told police in a taped statement after his arrest. Allen said he feared he "was about to be a statistic" and would have said anything just to get away.
So his defense is that he was cornered by a 'black guy' and offered oral sex to get away. Uh huh.