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Donald E. "Buz" Lukens
Republican, Ohio (1967-1970; 1987-1990)
The Honorable Donald "Buz" Lukens was indicted in 1989 on a misdemeanor charge that he had sex with a teenage girl. At a meeting, secretly taped by a television station, Lukens was confronted by the girls mother, who accused the BadBoy of paying for sex with her 16-year-old daughter. Lukens was charged with contributing to the unruliness and delinquency of a child. (The prosecutor had wanted to bring a charge about an alleged incident between Lukens and the girl when she was just 13, but jurors determined that there was insufficient evidence.)
No, no, says Lukens. I was "set up." They were trying to get money from me. "I was approached for money on the basis of the general allegation. I said, 'Hey, I'm not going to pay any money. Nothing happened.'" (Click here for other examples of "Lyin' Through Their Teeth").
The judge wasn't buying any of it: Lukens got 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Buz became a member of the Congressional Prison Caucus.
But wait, there's more . . .
Lukens also got in trouble because of alleged fondling of a house elevator operator. The Ethics Committee investigated, and Lukens resigned.
Then . . . in 1996, Lukens was convicted of accepting $15,000 in bribe money from operators of an Ohio trade school chain. The two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy could have meant 12 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Ironically, federal investigators found out about the bribery by examining questionable transactions related to the House Banking scandal.
But the federal judge, rejecting Lukens' pleas for leniency, gave him 30 months in federal prison. By this point, Lukens, 65, was suffering from skin cancer, lymph and throat cancer, and was in very bad shape. But the judge said she had no choice, thanks to the federal sentencing guidelines.
Thus, Lukens became a two-time member of the Congressional Prison Caucus.
Sources: "Lukens Gets 30 Months in Prison for Corruption," Columbus Dispatch, July 20, 1996, 2C; "'Set Up' for Sex Case, Congressman Asserts," New York Times, February 28, 1989, A20; "Ohio Congressman is Focus of Inquiry Over Sex Allegations," New York Times, Feb. 2, 1989, A20.