Rep. Scott Muschany, R-Fronetenac, who-cosponsored a 2007 bill setting guidelines for how teenagers are taught about sex, has been charged with the felony sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.
According to a copyrighted story by Tony Messenger in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri state Rep. Scott Muschany, R-Frontenac, was indicted today in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this year’s Legislative session ended.
The alleged victim is the daughter of a state employee. The girl’s mother and Muschany -– who is married and has two children -- were romantically involved, the woman said.
A Cole County grand jury returned an indictment today charging Muschany with the Class C felony of "deviate sexual assault." The indictment identifies the victim only by initials. It says that on May 17, Muschany "had deviate sexual intercourse" with the girl, "knowing that he did so without" her consent.
If convicted, Muschany could face a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison term not to exceed 7 years.
The 2007 sex education bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, called for "public school course materials and instruction on sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases to be presented to students in a way that portrays the personal, physical, emotional, financial, and psychological risks and consequences of sexual activity and is in accordance with the federal abstinence education law. Charter schools are allowed to determine the policies and the appropriateness of how to present the materials and instruction. School district or charter school personnel or agents are prohibited from providing, permitting, sponsoring, or furnishing abortion services, materials, or instruction to students if that person is a provider of abortion services.
Muschany is not seeking re-election.
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