A veteran Florida legislator who has co-sponsored bills increasing penalties for public lewdness and solicitation of sex has been arrested after cruising a public restroom and offering to perform oral sex upon an undercover officer for $20.
Three undercover officers, police said, watched him go into the bathroom three times. One of the undercover officers then went into the bathroom and into a stall. Allen allegedly started talking to the officer through the door of the stall.
Police said Allen offered the officer $20 for oral sex. When the undercover officer and Allen left the bathroom, officers arrested Allen.
Allen—who is married with one daughter and
currently was running for state senate—described the situation as "a very big misunderstanding" and denied the allegations. ''I'm not in anyway associated with that they are saying, this is
disgusting,'' the Republican lawmaker claimed as he was escorted by police. Allen faces one charge of solicitation for prostitution, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
The penalties could be stiffer. According to the official website of the Florida House of Representatives, the disgraced lawmaker has sponsored or co-sponsored numerous bills on sexual solicitation and lewd conduct. One pet project, HB 269, called for "enhanced penalties for offenses involving unnatural & lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs committed within specified distance of certain locations." That bill died in committee, but, if it were passed, Allen would be looking at a felony charge.