Lawmaker Says Local Murder Suspect Visited Her Office Without Proper ID

Feb 23, 2018

Rachel Anderson (L) and Anthony Pardon
Credit Columbus Division of Police

A Democratic state lawmaker from Columbus says security officials did not follow protocol when they allowed a man now charged with raping, torturing and killing a woman into her office without proper identification.

State Representative Bernadine Kennedy-Kent says everyone was placed at risk when security allowed 53-year-old Anthony Pardon into her office January 29 to get help with obtaining a state ID. That was the same day police found the body of 24-year-old Rachel Anderson. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services says the security team followed protocol. Kennedy-Kent says her office helped Pardon get an ID, and she didn't know of Pardon's alleged crime until a week later. Pardon was indicted earlier this week.