ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Hours after holding a news conference on Sunday, admitting that he had an account on the website AshleyMadison.com, described as “the original extramarital affairs website,” State Attorney Jeff Ashton was back in court.
On Monday, Ashton was present as the state rested their case against accused murderer Bessman Okafor.
Down the road, Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge 25’s president Shawn Dunlap held a news conference.
“Based on the new allegations that came into light today, I’ve been in contact with the FOP president of the state of Florida and we’re going to ask the Governor’s Office and the State Attorney General Office to ask FDLE to conduct a formal investigation,” said Dunlap.
Ashton told reporters that although he communicated with women through the website, but that he never met any of them in person and did not have an affair.
The state attorney told reporters that he was just “curious” about the site.
“If he would’ve come forward and welcomed the investigation, absolutely it would have shown law enforcement officers in this community and the voters in the community that he did nothing wrong other than look at these websites for pure curiosity,” said Dunlap.
The FOP calls Ashton out for being evasive at times during his news conference. When asked by reporters if he would reveal what email address he had used for his account, Ashton declined.
“No, I would rather not. I think I’ve humiliated myself enough for one weekend,” Ashton told reporters.
A reporter followed up asking, “If that email address were to link to other websites, suggesting perhaps swinger websites, your thoughts on that?”
Ashton responded, “I don’t have a thought. I, I don’t know how to respond to something like that. I really don’t have a response to it.”
State Attorney’s Office spokesperson Angela Starke said Mr. Ashton was truthful in Sunday’s news conference.
“Mr. Ashton never said, ‘I have not gone to any other websites.’ So, there was not a lie or untruthfulness when it came to that question. That is not a ‘No, I have not been to other websites.’ It was, ‘I don’t know how to answer that,’” said Starke.
Starke said the state or any local agency is welcome to investigate the matter.