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July 31, 2014

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State senator’s husband arrested on suspicion of lewdness toward her

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Daniel Halseth

The husband of state Sen. Elizabeth Halseth has been arrested on suspicion of "open and gross lewdness" -- commonly defined as inappropriate touching — after his wife alleged that he tried to force himself on her for sex.

Daniel Halseth, 32, was booked into Clark County Detention Center and released following his arrest on Friday. Elizabeth Halseth, a conservative Republican, was elected last November to represent District 9 in Las Vegas. It was her first try for public office.

Metro Police say they were alerted to the case by Elizabeth Halseth's mother, Candy Schworak, who flew to Las Vegas from Oregon the day after she received a troubling phone call from her daughter.

During a phone conversation, Elizabeth had told Schworak that she and Daniel were having marital problems, that he had become controlling and tried to force her to have sex, according to the police report. According to the police report, Daniel also threatened that if Elizabeth didn’t submit to him as her husband as the Bible says he would destroy her.

Schworak told police that her daughter was not able to leave her home because Daniel had allegedly taken Elizabeth’s phone, purse and car keys, police said. Elizabeth placed the call to her mother using an old phone she had found, police said.

Since that phone conversation Schworak told police she had not been able to reach her daughter, according to the arrest report.

Upon arriving in Las Vegas, Schworak went to her daughter’s home at the 11000 block of Aurora Cove, found no one there and called police.

When Elizabeth and Daniel Halseth arrived at their residence the police were there. Elizabeth told police that her husband had taken her to speak with a church counselor, police said.

According to the arrest report, Elizabeth said her husband had tried to force her to have sex with him on Oct. 16.

Daniel told officers he and his wife were having problems, according to the arrest report, and that he had planned out the scenario as a joke to get her attention.

The couple have been married for 11 years and have three children.

The Clark County district attorney's office is investigating the case and has not filed formal charges.

This story has been shortened from the original posting.