Carroll accuser, Jason Geis welcomed on Senate floor Thursday

01/12/2018 11:08 AM

The Senate got a surprise on Thursday afternoon when Jason Geis, the man who was allegedly propositioned for sex by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Kentucky, in exchange for help getting into art school, appeared on the Senate floor as a guest of the upper chamber.

The 86-year old former governor waved at Geis as he and his son were announced in the Senate.

Carroll was kicked out of Democratic leadership by the Senate Democratic caucus last year following a report by Pure Politics — which included an audio recording of a request for oral and manual manipulation by Carroll.

Geis’ son was a guest page of state Sen. Rick Girdler, R-Somerset, who told the Lexington Herald-Leader he was unaware that Geis was Carroll’s accuser.

In a phone interview on Friday, Geis told Pure Politics that he couldn’t believe that Carroll is still a member of the state Senate, and the body has done nothing to punish him in the wake of what he says happened to him — and the tape he made of the encounter.

Geis said he was honored to be in the chamber with his son, but seeing Carroll there was a “slap in the face.” The former photographer says he stills suffers from depression after what happened to him, and the lack of punishment against Carroll after he reported the incident to the Kentucky State Police. A Lincoln Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney opted not to prosecute in 2005.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told reporters on Thursday that Carroll’s conduct which was reported last year was not illegal, and said “there was no indication” Carroll misused his office or position.

“No one has filed any type of formal complaint with the Senate President’s office or the LRC — therefore nothing is before this chamber, and I doubt with the information we have that there is conduct for which we could dismiss [Carroll],” Stivers said.

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