An arrogant Kevin Garn in last minutes of 2010 session from Desert News photo
If allegations by victim Cheryl Maher are true, Garn might be getting out of prison about now for child molestation, rather than merely resigning as Utah’s most powerful party leader.
Garn used the closing minutes of the 2010 legislative session in an attempt to garner sympathy for himself. He announced he had paid Cheryl $150,000 smacks to shut up about the facts during his 2002 bid for Congress. Despite his large investment, Maher came forward anyway.
This must have been a revelation to someone besides Garn, though one wonders whom. It usually is an adult’s fault when preacher and student get naked together and go hot tubbing.
"I remember one night before the Pegasus store was having its grand opening, we were working late to get ready, and Kevin was there and kept watching me," she said.
Apparently, Garn had a fancy for kids, if what Cheryl says is true.
“(He would) stare at me and talk to me.“
Next came lunches and shopping trips a common ploy with sexual predators.
"Then there was a day when he took me to Salt Lake, and he stopped and got alcohol, and we ended up at this hot-tub place on State Street. I was scared. I said, 'I don't have a suit.'
He said, 'You don't need one,' "
According to reports, Cheryl said "He and I had a relationship for months. I fell head over heels for him. I did love him. He wrapped me up and infected me."
At the very least, Garn has not shown the back bone he pretends to possess. If the victim had not come forward, Garn would be all grins during the legislative session wind-up. No one would know the difference.
Garn says in his statement,
“When I was running for Congress (in 2002), (Cheryl) decided to bring this incident to the attention of the media…at her demand, I paid her $150,000...now that this issue is coming up again, it is apparent to me that this payment was also a mistake.”
========== Not clapping very hard
Garn says he made a mistake paying Cheryl the dough. The question is, what was the mistake? Was it the payment of hush money as a sort of bribe? Or was it the girl squealed anyway, even after paying out $150,000?
“Today, she went to the press and reported all of these events.” Garn said in his statement.
There was plenty of double talk to be sure. First, Garn said he paid the girl the $150,000 hush money to ‘help her heal’. Then Garn insists he would have made the same decision even if it were not an election year. He also said he got into a hot tub naked with a girl half his age. An honest statement is, no matter the half life, he got into the hot tub naked with an under aged girl.
Meanwhile, nothing in the Garn statement was designed to help Cheryl heal. Instead, it was all poor Garn.
“There will be a story. I expect to suffer public humiliation and embarrassment, but I also want you to know that I cannot allow one foolish mistake to continue to shadow my life. At this point, I would rather be open and honest about this than continue to live in fear…this is something I should have done back in 2002.”
The Majority Leader stated further, “I also wish to publicly apologize to this young lady for this incident.”
If the apology is sincere, one must wonder why Garn regrets paying the $150 G’s to a person he damaged and why she had to make the announcement he should have made, by his own admission, in 2002.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert indicated this resignation should not take away from the good done by this year's legislative session, according to the Tribune.
Anyone can make a mistake, although sex with an under-age youth, if it happened, is a pretty big mistake. Kev is getting crucified because not only did he sit in a hot tub naked with a naked 15 year old, he paid her to shut up about it 20 years later. Then he dissed her by saying he should not have paid it in the first place!