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Ex-Arizona lawmaker charged with child sex crimes running for office again

Phoenix (3TV/CBS 5) — A disgraced former Arizona lawmaker is fighting to return to office. An Arizona family has learned that former state Rep. David Stringer has filed again to run for Yavapai County Attorney.

Stringer ran for the same position in 2020, but received only 31% of the vote against Sheila Polk, who was serving her final term and ending her career. 22 years as the county's top prosecutor.

Stringer resigned from the state House of Representatives in 2019 when ethics complaints began to pile up after he was recorded giving a racist speech that included comments about public school children. At the time, Stringer said, in part, that his resignation did not stop him from fighting for people in need.

In addition to the recordings, a 1983 police report obtained by the Arizona family shows that Stringer paid boys under 15 to perform sex acts and sexually abused them more than 10 times. It is said that

Mr. Stringer pleaded to a lesser charge and was sentenced to five years' probation and more than 1,000 hours of community service.He was also reportedly ordered to attend the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic.

In 2022, Tom Horn, then running for state superintendent, had Stringer on his staff and later defended him, saying he was “totally innocent of the charges.”

Days after telling Arizona Family Investigative reporter Morgan Lowe that Stringer was working on his campaign, Tom Horn tweeted that he had refunded Stringer's in-kind donations, saying, “[Stringer]”I am not involved in the election campaign.”

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