COLUMBUS, OHIO, JAN. 11 -- Former U.S. representative Donald E. "Buz" Lukens (R-Ohio) was released from jail today after serving less than a third of a 30-day sentence and left for the District of Columbia to begin court-ordered counseling at a clinic for sex offenders.
Lukens served nine days in jail for having sex with an underage girl in 1988 while he represented Ohio's 8th Congressional District.
Lukens, of Middletown, did not comment as he left the Franklin County jail. Later, as he rushed to board a Washington-bound plane at Port Columbus International Airport, he told reporters: "You people find someone else to bug."
Lukens was sentenced in June 1989 to jail and fined $500 after a jury convicted him of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the unruliness of a minor. Lukens, who is divorced, had sex with a 16-year-old girl in his Columbus apartment.
Lukens's attorney, Thomas Tyack, said Lukens could start treatment Monday at the Human Sexuality Institute.
Judge Ronald Solove of the County Domestic Relations Court agreed to release Lukens after a hearing Thursday. Lukens told the judge that jail was a sobering experience.
Lukens lost his bid for a third consecutive term in the GOP primary in May and resigned from Congress Oct. 24 after the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct voted to investigate new charges of sexual misconduct against him. Lukens was accused of making improper advances toward a congressional employee.