KIDNEYS, Idaho (CNN) – An Idaho House member has been censured by the state’s legislative assembly for allegedly humiliating and shaming his teenage ex-intern with the disclosure of her home address and personal phone numbers.
Dr. Randy Boe, a Republican state representative from Idaho Falls, submitted his apology and prepared statement on Friday. In the statement, he admits to what he referred to as “insensitive” emails and texts that were released to The New York Times during the course of a criminal investigation of the intern, a now-18-year-old senior at Boise State University.
“As an elected representative I take responsibility for my actions and for the embarrassment they have caused to others, including my family, my constituents, and especially my former intern,” Boe wrote.
The state’s lawyers told CNN on Thursday that they have declined Boe’s request to be considered “not guilty” in the case.
He also said that this experience has “strengthened my resolve to make changes that will ensure that a situation like this never happens again.”
CNN’s attempts to reach Boe for additional comment were unsuccessful.
“At this time, the focus and responsibility is on us, the House. We are accepting Mr. Boe’s statements of repentance, we apologize, and we pray for a better Idaho. In addition, we have approved the immediate transfer of Mr. Boe’s legislative powers and duties to another member,” the Idaho House of Representatives said in a statement after its recall hearing.
“In its unanimous decision, the House recognizes that this conduct of bullying, shaming, and impugning the personal integrity of a child was a clear violation of its code of conduct.”
The Idaho House of Representatives will forward Boe’s name to the Idaho Senate for a vote on whether he should be expelled.
Democratic state Rep. Roger Paine tells CNN the recall vote is not the last step in the investigation of Boe, as he expects more follow-up hearings as the claims are reviewed. “I don’t think it’s over yet,” he says.
Of the hours spent speaking about the accusations and which party made the complaints and the seriousness of the charges, Paine says the fact that the intern remains anonymous for now is to the detriment of those who spoke up.
“The accusers wanted it to be public. The committee wanted it to be public,” Paine says.
“The group of people involved wants the police to go forward and find an eyewitness. It’s been as transparent as they can do it. The next step is for the identity of the accuser to come out, and I’m not sure if that will ever happen.”
Meanwhile, Kiona Sledd, a 15-year-old Idaho girl who received a photo of her in Boe’s drunken swimsuit during the Idaho Statehouse House pool party in June, says she is pleased with the outcome.
“It would have been a lot more difficult without having grown up being able to do that and learn from this situation. Now I know if it comes to this, people can come forward without feeling they will be judged or judged because of their age. It feels good,” Sledd told CNN.