State representative indicted, charged with felony of ‘deviate sexual assault'

Thursday, August 7, 2008 | 11:27 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A state representative lawmaker from St. Louis was indicted Wednesday and charged with the felony of "deviate sexual assault."

An indictment handed up by a grand jury in Cole County, where the Capitol is located, accuses Rep. Scott Muschany, 42, of having "deviate sexual intercourse" on May 17 without the consent of a person identified only as "B.R.S." The indictment offers no further details.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in a copyright story on its Web site Wednesday the indictment is in connection with a sexual assault of the 14-year-old daughter of a state employee who had worked for the House.

A phone number registered to Muschany's home was out of service Wednesday. A message left at his Capitol office was not immediately returned, and the office door was locked. The Post-Dispatch said Muschany was booked into the Cole County Jail on Wednesday afternoon and was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Deviate sexual assault is a Class C felony with a prison term of up to seven years and a fine of up to $20,000.

Muschany, a Republican who has served two terms in the House, was the chairman of two legislative education committees during the 2008 session ending May 16.

The Post-Dispatch reported that Jefferson City police began an investigation after the girl's father called the state's child abuse hot line. A spokesman for the police department did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The Post-Dispatch did not identify the girl because of the nature of the allegations. The newspaper interviewed the girl's family members without promises of anonymity but did not identify them because they share the same last name as the teen.

The girl's 17-year-old brother told the Post-Dispatch that his mother told him that she herself has been involved romantically with Muschany for about a year.

Muschany abruptly announced May 20 that he would not seek re-election, saying he wanted to spend more time with his wife and sons.

During a May interview with The Associated Press after removing his name from the ballot, Muschany said, "There's no scandal as far as I'm aware of. My wife and I just decided it wasn't the right time to continue."

Muschany said he had already decided in January not to seek re-election but kept it quiet for months so as not to diminish his effectiveness in the General Assembly.



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