"If there’s an issue there, which I’m not saying there is or isn’t, if there is, we’ll probably be able to deal with that more directly," he said.

Wilson said he’s not aware of any criminal investigation of Stanard. “I think it’s something we’ll deal with internally,” he said.

Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said he met privately with senators to tell them about the Vickers situation, which he described as a "little jaw-dropping" for them. He said he advised them to be on "high alert" for people with malicious intentions.

"This has caused us some alarm," the Senate president said. He said he was "not sure if this is a result of what happened to Rep. Stanard," but suggested some people might be looking for a payday.

"It’s hard to say that. But I think it creates more risk to us. There are parties in that scenario who made money," Niederhauser said. "When people can make money like this, it just attracts people with malintent."

It has not been confirmed that the escort quoted by the Daily Mail about her alleged encounters with Stanard was paid for the story.

Niederhauser said he has also spoken with House leaders about the incident but lawmakers will wait for the results of the investigation before taking further action, which could include increasing security at hotels where they stay during the session.

Lawmakers from outside the area are reimbursed for their hotel rooms during the 45-day legislative session and many stay at Little America.

House Majority Whip Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, pulled small groups of GOP House members off the floor to tell them about the hotel incident. House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, also informed Democratic members.

“We had Rep. Gibson pull them into my office during floor time to share with them what was going on and told them to be vigilant,” Wilson said.

“We will make sure we’re as prepared as you can be," he said. "But it’s pretty easy now with a selfie stick to set somebody up if they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them."

Wilson said lawmakers are still trying to do their work, but the incident has caught their attention.

“For me personally, I can’t believe someone would stoop to that level to try to set up a lawmaker like that,” he said. “Hopefully, people can be vigilant and this nonsense can come to an end in terms of what happened last night."


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