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Charges dropped against former rep Aaron Schock

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Former Rep Aaron Schock (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) has reached an agreement with prosecutors to be officially cleared on corruption charges.

The Chicago Tribune reported that federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Schock after he completed a probationary period where he stayed out of trouble and paid back $68,000 to his congressional campaign funds that he’d misused. He also had to set up payment plan for taxes with the IRS.

From the Tribune:

The brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly completed a stunning turn of events for Schock and cemented a deal virtually unheard of in a high-profile corruption case.

Schock, who was not required to be in court and indeed did not show, officially has a clean record, meaning he would be free to run for public office again if he chose to do so.

Schock’s attorney, George Terwilliger III, said after the hearing, “A just result was achieved when this case was reviewed objectively by seasoned prosecutors committed to justice rather than the prior making of untoward and outlandish allegations.”

Schock popped into the news in June after he was seen at LGBTQ space in West Hollywood and Mexico City. While there have been rumors he’s gay, he’s never made a public statement and has a record of anti-LGBTQ House votes.

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