State Bar opens investigation into controversial State Rep. David Stringer

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- The Arizona state bar has opened an investigation into embattled state Rep. David Stringer amid growing scrutiny of the Prescott Republican.

State bar spokesman Rick DeBruhl confirmed the investigation on Wednesday but said he was prohibited from disclosing when it began or what investigators are looking into. The Phoenix New Times reported last week that Stringer was charged with sex crimes in a 1983 case in Baltimore that was later expunged.

It's not clear if Stringer disclosed the Baltimore proceedings when he sought a law license in Arizona, where he was admitted to the bar in 2004.

Stringer has not responded to requests for comment over several days.

DeBruhl says most investigations are finished within 30 days, though some take much longer.