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South Texas Community News, Vol. 2, No. 8, April 20, 1978 - File 025. 1978-04-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 25, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2423/show/2422.

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Title South Texas Community News, Vol. 2, No. 8, April 20, 1978
Date April 20, 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 025
Transcript page Zk Community News Congressman Says He's 'Sorry' For Soliciting Sex From 2 Men WASHINGTON (APj — Rep. Frederick Richmond, D-N'.Y., confessed m his constituents but pleaded innocent in the courtroom Thursday to having solicited sex from two young men at his capital home. After sending Brooklyn voters a letter in which "I prayerfully ask for your compassion and understanding" of his homosexual overtures, Richmond stood mute as he was charged formally in city court. The arraignment, on a misdemeanor count of sex solicitation, took a scant two minutes after Richmond's attorneys had arranged with prosecutors to have the two-term congressman enrolled in a program for first offenders. Superior Judge Dyer Justice Taylor set May 5 as the date for a non-jury trial, as requested by Richmond's counsel. However, it is unlikely under ■ the first offender system that the case will be prosecuted, provided that Richmond lives up to his attorney's promise that he will "continue professional treatment" between now and the trial date. Richmond appeared drawn and red-faced during the courtroom appearance. He was rushed into a waiting car immediately upon his release. Tbe charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine. Despite the entry of the innocent plea, a techni cal necessity for the leniency program, the congressman publicly admitted the veracity of the government's case in his letter to constituents. Richmond, who is 54 and divorced, acknowledged he had solicited "a young man," said by government sources to have been 16 years old, after taking him to his home about a year ago. And "Last February, I made further solicitations with payment of money, in my own home to a man who, unbeknownst to me. was an undercover police officer." The police investigation was triggered by Richmond's encounter with the first youth, whose parents learned of the episode and called authorities, sources said. In his "Dear Neighbors" letter, Richmond said that "during various periods of personal stress, I made bad judgments involving my personal life." He told them it was "an extremely difficult time for myself, my parents, my son, my staff — and for you." Even so, he said he would continue to represent his 14th congressional district and "wilh an unshakable faith in God and a firm belief in the human capacity for undersanding and compassion, my family and I will survive this ordeal. "I apologize from the bottom of my heart for any hurt I might have caused," be wrote. Rep. Richmond frramttaff i B00IST8M 706 E.6th Street AUSTtN.TSKAS Only the Best Books, Movies, Peepihows * Private Viewing Rooms A V2 Price Magazine Sale "k New HOTTEST Arcade In Texasl From Atlanta* •• to San franclsco.. the best selection in adult material can be found at the Stallion Bookstore
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