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Bob '$20 BJ' Allen convicted

I guess the jury didn't buy the anti-gay Florida legislator's story that he asked if he could blow the undercover officer out of fear that Allen “was about to be a statistic” because of all the black guys milling about the Titusvillle park restroom. His Republican colleagues are now making plans to give him the boot. (365gay):

State Rep. Bob Allen (R) has been convicted of offering an undercover male police officer cash for sex.

Allen, a longtime foe of LGBT rights in Florida, will be sentenced next Thursday.  He could be facing 60 days in the county jail and a $500. fine. Republicans in the legislature said the conviction will allow them to move forward with plans to remove Allen from office.

Following the verdict his attorney accused the prosecution of misconduct and said he will seek a new trial.

Allen was busted in July during a sting at a men's washroom at Veteran's Memorial Park in Titusville, Florida. In taped statements made by Allen to police following his arrest and released by the force Allen admits to soliciting the male officer but claims that it was the result of being nervous by the high number of black men in the park.

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