Early Sunday, Florida prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton publicly confronted his membership on the Ashley Madison website. Ashton strongly denied ever cheating on his wife or committing a crime. Ashton who previously served as prosecutor in the Casey Anthony trial confirmed he had held a membership for the past two years on the breached website for men and women seeking affairs.
East Orlando Post revealed that Jeffrey Ashton’s paid membership on the ‘cheating’ website Ashley Madison in a document dump with the last four digit of his credit card and home address. The news conference left Ashton breathless and choking back tears as he mentioned his family. The father of four adult children from a previous marriage rushed to organize a Sunday press conference in response to the revelations.
Jeff Ashton, the State Attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in central Florida, said Sunday that he signed up for the site because he was curious but he did not have an affair. He asked for forgiveness for his bad judgment. Ashton emphasized that he has no intention of resigning from his elected position despite admitting to use his government computer at the Orlando County courthouse to use the website. Ashton’s ties to the Ashley Madison website have instigated an internal Orlando County investigation, according to a WFTV-TV report.
Ashton said his involvement with Ashley Madison, a website for married people seeking affairs, was limited to online. He said he indulged a curiosity by joining the site, but claimed he never met anyone in person and no laws were broken. The veteran prosecutor was at the center of the case against Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter three years earlier. Back in 1987, Ashton was the first prosecutor in the nation to introduce DNA-based evidence in a case. Ashton first joined the State Attorney’s Office in 1981.
The prosecutor isn’t the only Florida elected official who has had to acknowledge using Ashley Madison. Last Friday, state Rep. Ritch Workman said in a statement that he had clicked on the site three years ago when he was single. Workman said he never met anyone from the site. “Today, I’m not very proud of myself,” Ashton said. “The post may have been political motivated but they had every right to do it. I did something incredibly stupid and I should have been called on it.” Ashton is one of many notable people who have been linked to the website, which was hacked earlier this year. Other users of the site include Josh Duggar and viral video star Sam Rader. “It was an unbelievable act of stupidity,” Ashton said. “But it’s a private matter between my wife and me.”