Eric W. Deaton, the former third-party candidate for U.S. Senate, admits having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl, but is adamant that no sex occurred before the girl’s 16th birthday, his attorney said Monday, Jan. 3. . . .
Deaton, 43, of New Lebanon is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The indictment alleges that, between March 2006 and March 2007, he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl who was between the ages of 13 and 15. . . .
Deaton, the Constitution Party candidate for Sen. George Voinovich’s seat, received more than 61,000 votes in the Nov. 2 election . . .