Ex-intern says she had 1992 fling with Indiana house speaker

It's also reported that the house speaker paid a law firm more than $40,000 in campaign funds this year, in part, to gather unflattering information about the former intern.

Posted: Oct 11, 2018 5:19 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman alleges that when she was an Indiana legislative intern in 1992, she performed oral sex on a married Republican lawmaker who has since become the speaker of the state House of Representatives, a published report Wednesday said.

The former Democratic intern told The Indianapolis Star that the sexual act with Brian Bosma was consensual, but that she felt pressured into it. Bosma at the time was in the Republican minority in the House.

Bosma, who first became Indiana House speaker in 2004, issued a statement Wednesday denying the woman’s claims and saying he’s hired attorney Linda Pence to protect his reputation.

“This unsubstantiated story from over 26 years ago is unequivocally false,” Bosma said.

The newspaper also reported that Bosma paid Pence’s law firm more than $40,000 in campaign funds this year, in part, to gather unflattering information about the former intern, and that the woman’s family members said Pence threatened to reveal her name and unfavorable information about her if her account became public.

Pence said in a written statement to the Star that she ran a professional investigation and “witnesses/sources were not threatened or harassed.” She had no immediate comment Wednesday. She is not related to Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana’s former governor.

The Associated Press could not reach the former intern for comment.

Bosma played a leading role in investigating allegations that Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched a lawmaker and several legislative staffers earlier this year. Bosma is among the state GOP leaders who have called on Hill to resign.

A law passed by the General Assembly this year requires Bosma and other legislative leaders to implement a new sexual harassment policy for lawmakers by Nov. 20. Lawmakers currently are not subject to a sexual harassment policy. Bosma initially questioned the need for the new law, but Democrats forced the issue and the General Assembly approved it.

West Lafayette
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 63°
Kokomo
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 64°
Rensselaer
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
Fowler
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
Williamsport
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 62°
Crawfordsville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 60°
Frankfort
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 65°
Delphi
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Monticello
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
Logansport
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 64°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events