May 14, 2013
A Kansas Republican state legislator is denying involvement in a pair of prostitution-related arrests 16 years ago, after the case resurfaced during an ongoing investigation into a February incident in his hotel room.
Rep. Joe Edwards (R-Haysville) said he was not convicted on prostitution and loitering charges in March and August 1997, telling the Topeka Capitol-Journal that a man with the same name and birthday who lived in the same part of the state was, in fact, convicted.
The Wichita Eagle reported in 1997 that Edwards said someone sharing his birthday and his legal name, George F. Edwards II, was convicted on the charges, receiving a three-month jail sentence for loitering. (The prostitution charge was dismissed.) Another George F. Edwards II -- with the same middle initial but a different middle name -- lived in the area at the time, he said, claiming a case of mistaken identity.
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