— In his memoir, The Lincoln Lawyer, former Nebraska attorney John Lincoln described the abuse he suffered as a teenage boy, describing his humiliation by a young boy who was the principal of his church and later, his own father.
LENOX, Neb., April 15, 2017 — The Lincoln lawyer who helped bring down a powerful man who had sexually abused a 13-year-old boy is now running for the Republican nomination for president.
On Monday, a Lincoln spokesman said Lincoln would join Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulA senator from Kentucky joins Senate Republicans in calling for investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Trump Supreme Court justice could be Trump’s pick to replace Scalia MORE’s presidential campaign, the latest in a string of GOP candidates to jump on the sexual abuse bandwagon.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Lincoln described his experience with the boy in his book, which was published in December, saying the abuse occurred after he was 12 years old.
“I was 13 years old and I was in the church and I came across a boy, who was in his 20s,” Lincoln said in an interview.
“I was just trying to be nice to him, but I was just being a little boy, I was trying to act nice, and I said to him ‘do you want to come inside?’ and he was just looking at me, like ‘yeah, I guess’ and I thought ‘yeah,’ I was totally out of line.”
Lincoln said he had to stop and ask the boy what was wrong, but he continued to talk to him for another two minutes and then turned and left.
“And that’s when he grabbed me, and he just yanked me out of the church,” Lincoln told AP.
“He yanked my pants down and he grabbed my pants off my hips and pulled them down.
He started rubbing my back and I remember thinking ‘what’s going on?'”
Lincoln described the boy as a “little, skinny, short, skinny kid.”
“I thought I was going to be raped, and it wasn’t,” he said.
“And so it wasn (a) very rough experience, and then he just left and he didn’t say a word about it.
It was a very, very rough night.”
Lennon, now 65, was one of two men who successfully sued the man and his son for their involvement in the abuse.
The boy, now 21, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the boy and his mother in 2003.
Lincoln wrote in the book that the incident happened during his sophomore year of high school and that he had no memory of it.
The Nebraska Republican Party has said it would not take action against Lincoln, who served as attorney general in Nebraska for 11 years.
“Senator Paul has spent his entire career fighting for the protection of children, and his experience of being abused as a child is beyond anything I can recall,” said Rick Manning, spokesman for the state Republican Party.
“As a result, Senator Paul will not be running for president of the United States.
We’re glad that his book has helped to put the spotlight on this matter and that this matter will now be looked at in the context of all of our other campaign commitments.”