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An Idaho state representative has resigned from the state House. Aaron von Ehlinger, a Republican from Lewiston, leaves office on the same day that a legislative ethics committee recommended that he be expelled.

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UPDATED: 2:20 pm PT 

The Idaho House Ethics Committee heard testimony Wednesday about an accusation of sexual assault against Lewiston Republican Representative Aaron von Ehlinger.

Committee members will reconvene on Thursday morning to debate their next steps.

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Earlier this month, NPR aired a series of stories detailing sexual harassment of people with intellectual disabilities. The network told stories about caregivers and others in positions of authority who raped women.

The Arc of Spokane operates a program that provides people who have intellectual disabilities with tools to protect themselves from sexual assault.

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