DALLAS (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens of Ohio,
who was once a rising conservative star in state politics before a
string of scandals abruptly ended his career, has died. He was 79.
His family said Lukens died of cancer at a Dallas nursing home
Lukens was convicted in 1989 of paying a 16-year-old girl from
Columbus for sex. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail fined $500.
The scandal cost him the 1990 Republican primary, where he lost
to then-state Rep. John Boehner, now the House minority leader in
Lukens resigned his seat Oct. 24, 1990, less than three months
before his term was to expire, rather than face an investigation by
the House ethics committee. It planned to look into allegations by
a Capitol elevator operator that he fondled her.
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