U.S. Rep. Donald E. Lukens was indicted Thursday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from allegations that he had sex with a teen-age girl, a prosecutor said.
The 58-year-old divorced congresman was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile girl, county Prosecutor Michael Miller said.Lukens, R-Ohio, faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine if convicted, Miller said.
Anna Coffman, the mother of a 17-year-old Columbus girl, has accused Lukens of paying for sexual relations with her daughter on two occasions, once four years ago when the girl was 13 years old.
In a statement issued by his office in Washington, the four-term congressman said: "I do categorically deny that I contributed to the delinquency and unruliness of a minor at any time."
Columbus television station WSYX on Feb. 1 broadcast a videotape that shows Lukens apparently offering a job to Coffman after she asked him why he was "messin' around" with her daughter. The station said it secretly videotaped the Nov. 11 meeting between Lukens and Coffman at a fast-food restaurant in Columbus.
Lukens told Coffman he thought her daughter was an adult, according to the videotape.
The FBI reviewed the tape and said it found no evidence of bribery or extortion.