In Hot Water: Utah House Majority Leader Goes Public With Hot Tub Incident With 15-Year-Old Girl

Rep. Kevin Garn, Majority Leader of the Utah House of Representatives, has disclosed that he had a nude hot tub experience with a 15-year-old employee in 1985 and later paid Cheryl Maher $150,000 if she would keep quiet. He was running for Congress at the time.

When the incident occurred, Garn, a conservative family-value Repbulican, was married. He paid Cheryl Maher the money in 2002 to hush the matter up after she contacted media when he was running for Congress.

He had a lawyer draft a non-disclosure agreement. In his press conference with his wife, Garn said “I expect to suffer public humiliation and embarrassment. Some lessons are hard to learn. This is something I should’ve done back in 2002 but I was scared. I did not want to be publicly judged by one of my life’s [worst mistakes].”

At the time, Maher was a 15-year-old employee at Garn’s business Pegasus Records and KSG Enterprises. He insists that they did not have sex and stated:

I can unequivocally tell you there was no physical contact, there was no touching, there was no intercourse, there was none of those things. It simply did not occur. …I’m not trying to downplay what did occur but I want to make it very plain.

Maher says that there was contact and there are allegations of a cover-up in 2002, here.

Garn has refused to resign, here.

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50 thoughts on “In Hot Water: Utah House Majority Leader Goes Public With Hot Tub Incident With 15-Year-Old Girl”

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  2. Am I the only person here with a morbid curiosity about the text of such a non-disclosure agreement? Have any of these hush money NDAs been tested in court? Has anyone who took the money, then talked been forced to give the money back?

  3. Buddha,

    This is far from a non-partisan forum. You yourself have seen to that many times. No offense intended.

    On the other hand, it doesn’t have to be. The prof. obviously picks sides, pokes fun, etc. But that’s the point, isn’t it?

  4. “i haven’t read anything else on this story …”


    The answers to all of your questions are in the linked articles, pete.

  5. CEJ,

    Those many comments at the link you posted are interesting. Many of tne ‘normal’ average LDS’ are very upset…

  6. i haven’t read anything else on this story and i’m not trying to blame the victim, but i am curious about whose idea was the 150,000 where it came from and how old was the girl when she received it and whether or not it was reported as income.
    that having been said i still think the guy is a cretin

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