Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensual


Though police were aware of the incident as early as the night it happened, they didn't pass their records along to the St. Louis County Attorney's office for review until after the Duluth News Tribune reported earlier this week that Gauthier was under investigation for "suspicious activity" at the rest stop. Yesterday, prosecutors announced they won't be pressing any charges, and that decision triggered a release of the public records pertaining to the incident.
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Minnesota's age of consent is normally 16, but 18 if the adult is in a position of authority over the youth with whom they have sexual relations. Since the boy apparently didn't know he was having oral sex with one of our elected leaders, Rep. Gauthier wasn't in such a position. Furthermore, the boy responded to Gauthier's ad under his own free will and police don't believe any money exchanged hands.

What about prosecuting Gauthier for having sex in a public place? Since nobody saw the incident or complained about it, Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay told the Duluth News Tribune that such a disorderly conduct charge wouldn't stick.

Gauthier, meanwhile, is apparently having a hard time handling the news that his man-on-boy sexing has gone public. He was reportedly admitted to a Duluth hospital with breathing difficulties yesterday morning. A Duluth city councilor told the Tribune she's sure "part of [Gauthier's health problems] had to do with headlines in the newspaper."

Republicans are calling for Gauthier to resign, with MNGOP Chairman Pat Shortridge saying in a statement: "He can't even serve his constituents for fear of having to face reporters." We bet it's satisfying for Republicans to be on that side of a sex scandal for a change!

Gauthier is slated to face Republican Travis Silvers in November in hopes of winning a second term as the representative of House District 7B, which covers central and western Duluth.

If it's any consolation, Gauthier told the officer interviewing him on July 31 that he hadn't done anything like rest-stop oral sex before and vowed it wouldn't happen again.



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UsPatriotic
UsPatriotic

@VotingFemale like that somehow makes it better? A grown man asking kids if he can ummm them.

isaac.anthony
isaac.anthony

At least the kid was consensual and not getting raped by another republican.

pfwag
pfwag

Remember the furor a few years back over Republican Senator Craig?  Any bets the party of Barney Frank, whose gay lover was running a gay prostitution ring out of his house, will give Rep. Gauthier a pass?

robopad
robopad

.....and just to think this pervert is one of the cleanest democrats in power today!

TedT
TedT

For me, it's the huge age difference that makes me think the old pudgy guy with several chins is a creep.  You can't tell me that a 56 year old guy who "hooks up" with a 17 year old kid is on equal footing with him.  The old guy has a huge advantage in maturity (although obviously lacking some character) and being able to manipulate the kid.

 

The fact that the old guy lied about his age by 13 years (didn't he say he was 43 and he's really 56 ?) shows you that he was attempting to be decietful in his quest for much younger men.  It also shows that he knows a 56 year old guy shouldn't be looking for teens for sex.....and knew he couldn't pass himself off as any younger than 43 aparantly.

 

Legal or not, this guy lacks character and while we shouldn't expect politicians to be perfect since they too are humans fraught with defeciencies as we all are, we should I would think at least expect them to exhibit a modicum of decency......and 56 year old paunchy balding guys with several chins, probably shouldn't be cruising the net looking to get their sexual needs satisfied by teen boys or girls.

Michael Bakalars
Michael Bakalars

Creepy, but here's the law according to the article... Minnesota's age of consent is normally 16, but 18 if the adult is in a position of authority over the youth with whom they have sexual relations. Since the boy apparently didn't know he was having oral sex with one of our elected leaders, Rep. Gauthier wasn't in such a position. Furthermore, the boy responded to Gauthier's ad under his own free will and police don't believe any money exchanged hands.

purple
purple

FOR ALL THOSE MAKING STUPID JOKES WITH INCIDENTS LIKE THESE, HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT 'ORAL CANCER' IS SPREADING BEYOND BELIEF? THIS 'BOY' PERFORMING UNPROTECTED ORAL SEX, ON A 'MAN' WHO HE 'JUST MET', WITH "ANYONE, ANY PLACE, ANY TIME" IS ALMOST LIKE COMMITTING SUICIDE ON HIMSELF. HE COULD END UP WITH ANY NUMBER OF 'SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES' OR EVEN "AIDS" FOR A FEW MINUTES OF LETTING A 'STRANGER' STICK HIS PENIS IN YOUR MOUTH, OR YOU PERFORMING A SEX ACT ON HIM?? I HOPE HE GETS HIS "WAKE UP CALL" SOON. THIS IS CRAZY.

g_zuber
g_zuber

this is the dark side of gay that no one wants to discuss - gay men like boys -  but its still sex with minors. Why doesn't  Rep. Kerry Gauthier go to jail?

Susan Lueck
Susan Lueck

So statutory rape doesn't count if their "close enough" to 18?

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

He's not a pedo. He's fucking disgusting, and clearly a rapist, but Jamie- 17 year old kids don't get to choose to be prostitues. They can't consent to sucking 50-something year old cock. They are being fucking exploited, and the fact that you think this is in anyway justifiable is just fucking busted ass shit.

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

He's not a pedo. He's fucking disgusting, and clearly a rapist, but Jamie- 17 year old kids don't get to choose to be prostitues. They can't consent to sucking 50-something year old cock. They are being fucking exploited, and the fact that you think this is in anyway justifiable is just fucking busted ass shit.

Mr_Shootist
Mr_Shootist

Dang, if I had consensual sex with a 17 year old, in my state, my life would be ruined, I'd be in prison, for life, and Bubba would be my new best friend.

chicagonick44
chicagonick44

Yet another shiiiitebag Decedent sick aszzzed democrat flucking up the nation from the inside the anal canal outward. FREAKIING FREAKS. YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK and aren't gonna be in charge of this nation ANY MORE after this November and many will be incarcerated when we get done. YOU FREAKING SICK TRAITORS.

Jamie Sens
Jamie Sens

This kid is a prostitute. I'm sure he was well aware of what he was doing. Especially, if it was on Craig's list. Not that I am saying that it is okay, (legal) but Gaulthier may not have known the kid's age. If this were a man and a young female prostitute there would be an entirely different attitude toward it. This type of thing happens often. When men go to strip clubs many of those girls are barely of age (1 year older than this kid) and many of those men are old. No one goes in there calling them pedophiles. If one of the girls was found to be 17, not 18, would it be the fault of the patrons? Would it be any less creepy in a general way? It's prostitution at the end of the day and it's just less socially acceptable because it's gay prostitution. The Representative should have known better. A rest stop??? In an election year??? Really??? Duhhh....

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

He's on the Public Safety and Crime committee- laughable, and he's social service worker. He should look into providing other "social services".

Chris Pekkala
Chris Pekkala

No it's nothing like that. Unless the 17 year old is slow or mentally ill, he knew what he was doing. Sandusky used his position of power to prey on the weakest of the kids in the program he ran. I can't believe you're honestly putting these two in the same ballpark. But I do agree it was a bad decision, and I have no problem if the voters give him the boot.

Chris Pekkala
Chris Pekkala

No it's nothing like that. Unless the 17 year old is slow or mentally ill, he knew what he was doing. Sandusky used his position of power to prey on the weakest of the kids in the program he ran. I can't believe you're honestly putting these two in the same ballpark. But I do agree it was a bad decision, and I have no problem if the voters give him the boot.

rmp2011
rmp2011

Resume enhancer for Dems.

 

PS - Where's the boy's father?

 

Some 43 year old pervert has sex with one of my teen relatives in a rest room, and after some major "family correction" for the teen, that 43 year old is going to be swallowing his teeth.

Jamie Buchite
Jamie Buchite

thats like saying it was the 9 yr olds fault for going in the shower, the other similarity i will draw to this is i promise you its not the first time for this guy, and others, probably younger than this person will come forward. not acceptable, no reasoning with it, and no excuses. Hes 56 for shits sake, and elected official. i hope he doesnt make professional decisions like he does with his personal life. if the kid was 22 i wouldnt say a word.

DancingLightly
DancingLightly

So sick of hearing about gay men in anonymous hook ups in the  bushes. I think their youth obsessed culture lends itself to pederasty and even pedophilia. And no, I'm not saying that all gay men are pederasts or pedos. But rather they have a disproportionately high number of these types.

schmoopers
schmoopers

Just want to get this straight. tapping your foot under a stall and nothing happens= crime. Blowing a kid outside a rest stop= no charges. Okay, Ithink I have my boundaries set up now, thanks!

Chris Pekkala
Chris Pekkala

If it was my kid I wouldn't be too pleased either. But the 17 year old was the one that answered the ad.

FredInNJ
FredInNJ

Don't be too harsh judging this guy.  It was a case of mistaken identify.  He was supposed to meet ex NJ Gov Jim McGreevey, known to frequent rest stops.  Just Democrats trying to win the state for Obama..

Jamie Buchite
Jamie Buchite

age of consent is 16 provided that the other party is no more than 48 months older than the minor in question, has no ability to hold a position of power over the minor and a few other conditions. I agree that if it had been a female instead of a male, there would be different crude, lude, and inappropriate comments. tell you what, if it were my 17 yr old son, the state rep would be in the news for an entirely different reason (think milk carton) creep-ass.....get him gone!

chicagodog
chicagodog

 @chicagonick44

 this has NOTHING to do with any political party. your a uninformed, ignorant jerk.

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @chicagonick44 Republicans reelected Senator David Vitter to the United States Senate after he was caught cheating on his wife with hookers.  Senator Vitter would arrange sex trafficing from the Senate floor.  It was revealed his sexual fetish was wearing diapers with the hookers.  The only defense of the GOP was that the people that voted for Senator Vitter were largely unaware of the scandal because Republicans are poorly informed idiots who only watch Fox News.  You prove this with your nonsensical poorly spelled cowardly point.   Obama is going to win because everyone knows that all Republicans are stupid racist trash like you.  Sadly there is lots of very stupid people in America but not enough to get a majority. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Phone transcript

 

Teen:  Hello?

rmp2011:  Hey!  It's your creepy uncle.  How have you been?

Teen:   The creepy uncle that posts all that racist crap on facebook?   Look, I'm sorry I defriended you but its really embarrassing how stupid you are.

rmp2011:  That's not why I'm calling.   I just wanted to know if you are having any gay sex at rest areas.

Teen:   *silence*

rmp2011:   Listen, its important you know its not ok to have gay sex at a rest area for money.  It's wrong.

Teen:   Mom!     My creepy uncle rmp2011 is calling again and asking about my sex life.  

Teen's mom:   How does he keep getting access to a phone at the loony bin?  Hang up the phone dear.

 

You are such a stupid jackass liar its not even worth anything but mocking you. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @DancingLightly Do you realize that actual scientists have studied the issue of what causes pedophilia?   They use this thing called the scientific method and do studies and everything.   That's why people listen to them.   It's a much more effective way of learning about something than pulling it out of your ass like a dumbass like you did.   It's funny you probably think you have something to contribute and that you actually care about preventing pedophilia.   In reality you are such a stupid waste of humanity you are too lazy to even do a basic google search before spouting your ignorant crap.   You ever talk to a little kid that just starts babbling nonsense about something to you?   You forgive the child because hey, he's just a kid he doesn't know any better.   Sadly we can't do that with you because you are a stupid idiot adult who isn't any smarter than he was when he was five years old.  "Why bother researching a topic" thinks DancingLightly? " I can just pull nonsense out of my ass.  I'm sure people want to hear it. "  

foster26262
foster26262

 @MicheleBachmann All of us Republicans are poorly informed idiots?  Funny I was thinking the same about Democrats.  I am amused by my democrat friends hate rant against Sarah Palin.  "I don't know why, I just know I hate Sarah Palin.???

If a democrat doesn't know why he hates someone wouldn't it be a good idea to formulate the hate thing and gather evidence for your hatred before you make a typical democrat comment like that?  Just an "un-informed" Republican asking a question of the most informed and nicest people on the Whole face of this Earth.

purple
purple

MicheleBachmann, Hopefully and prayerfully despite what these nasty and destroyers of the flesh are doing, Obama Will NOT end up back in the White House, and neither will Romney for that matter. This nation is on the highway to hell quicker than we can bat an eyelash.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann

He speaks about a middle aged man having gay sex with a minor and somehow you correlated that to a man cheating on his wife with hookers?  

Way to defend your kind…

 

Besides, I remember you never saw 2010 coming.    Wa wa waaa

rmp2011
rmp2011

 @MicheleBachmann Dear stupid leftist, jihad-asslicker defender of dirty old gay men putting stupid lonely teens at risk for HIV.

 

Perhaps your uncle wants to spare you dying early from being strangled or being infected by dirty old gay perverts in filthy rest-rooms where most people wouldn't walk in flip-flops but you wish to get on your knees.

 

PS  - The only reason you use Bachmann's name as a handle is because you know your stance is so FOS that you think it embarrasses her. The only person you are mocking is YOUR SELF.

MichaelB
MichaelB

 @MicheleBachmann  @DancingLightly Also...a middle-aged man hooking up with a 17 year old is gross, but it's not pedophilia. Pedophilia is officially categorized as an attraction to prepubescent children.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @silkeepup I'm getting attacked cause I made fun of kirk's pedophile fantasies.   Good to see you are pro pedophile fantasies loser.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @TedT   Wow you found 2 via a google search.  Sarah Palin was nominated for Vice President.  She was a 72 year old heartbeat away from having control of the most powerful military ever assembled.  Sarah currently spends every second of her life trying to get her family a reality show.   Sarah couldn't name a magazine.  You name two Dems I've never heard of.  They would never stand a chance in a national election.   If they attempted to get the nomination for President, they would be laughed at.   Also dumbo, please state where I said there were no stupid Democrats?   Can you find that quote stupid?   Oh wait, I never actually said that and you've proven my entire point via your own personal stupidity?  Republicans are poorly informed and stupid, you've proven this.   Democrats aren't perfect but at least they are lead by sane sensible people.  Obama has never said anything even as remotely stupid as the Lion King makes children gay like Republican Presidential canidate Michele Bachmann said.  ( Michele is one of the Republicans John Boehnor put on U.S. House intelligence committee.   You know, the guys that fight terrorists and work to prevent nuclear war.  Aren't you glad a deep thinker like Bachmann has access to Top Secret documents?)   Grow a brain.  Stupid people like you are hurting the country.  I wouldn't let her run a SuperAmerica, Republicans let her on U.S. House intelligence committee.  Pretty easy choice if you have a brain.  Vote DFL 2012.

TedT
TedT

 @MicheleBachmann  @foster26262

 Ok, you have me, I'll bite.  So all republicans are stupid, and the dems don't have anyone close ?  Are you sure about that ?  I'll give you one chance to recant....and then I'm going to give you a couple examples and these are just the two that came to mind in the last 30 seconds.

 

1) Sheila Jackson Lee - Democrat from Texas (US House).  Thought we had an American flag planted on Mars soil from our men who landed on Mars in 1969......Um, no, we've never had a man anywhere close to Mars.   She needs to bone up on her science history.

 

2) Hank Johnson - Democrat from Georgia (US House).  You may recall (well I guess you personally don't given what you just wrote in this post) he was the fellow that thought Guam was going to potentially tip over due to the weight of an expanded military presence on the island.

 

I'l be the first to admit there are some stupid republicans.....but the difference between you and I is that you're not willing to admit their are stupid democrats too.  Try being objective and you'll see it's not so one sided.  An "R" after your name doesn't make you stupid, and a "D" after your name doesn't make you automatically smart. 

foster26262
foster26262

@MicheleBachmann Well! I never...That's shorthand for you.  I just invented it.  I don't know if The Jerry Springer show was supposed to be a 'reality' show or not, all I saw was some stupid commercials and lots of fighting etc., re: such an obviously stupid Democrat backed dumber than dumb show.  But I digress, here is a small sample of Democrats searching for reality...

Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer (born February 13, 1944), is a British-born American television presenter, best known as host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show since its debut in 1991. He was a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio,[2] news anchor, and musician.

 

Just thought I'd show off my Google Search skills.

 

By the way MicheleBachmann, you won't be the first so-called liberal to see the light and say to yourself.  "I see/saw the light, I see/saw the light, praise the Lord, I see/saw the light."  (That may be what is called a Negro Spiritual Song, but I'm not going to look it up, so there.) when you realize that we Far Right Wingers aren't really all that bad.  What we really want and strive for is Law and Order.  That's not asking for much is it?

George Washington is the Classical Liberal I strive to be, not a Soviet Inspired Communist 'liberal' like you.  Do a bit of Googleing and See/saw the Light.

I love you Michele even though you called me a stupid. However, I'm not going to flirt with you because I get nervous around obstreperous chicks.

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @foster26262  Why do I consider all Republicans poorly informed idiots?   1)   You can't even type a proper sentence or a sensible thought.  2)  Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, George W. Bush, Louie Gohmert, Mike Parry, and Allen Quist are all obviously very stupid prominent Republicans.  The Democrats don't have anyone as obviously stupid as those people.   Sarah Palin couldn't name a single magazine or newspaper she read when asked about it.   Anyone that watches that woman can see a profoundly stupid uninformed person.  Republicans tried to make her the 2nd most powerful person in the world.  After she lost, she quit as governor to become a reality tv star.  Obviously you are stupid so you consider someone who does the same job as Snooki and The Situation to be smart but normal people do not consider a reality tv show star to be smart.   Can you please name one Democrat that quit their job in government helping people to become a selfish reality tv star?   

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @rmp2011 Oh that hit a little too close to home didn't it creepy uncle?   ha ha ha ha ha.  You are a liar or crazy.  No teen wants to hear from their creepy uncle about sex.  Especially when he uses terms like "dirty old gay perverts".    Anyway, thanks for being such a joke.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @pirates1 At least I'm not on the same side as kirk the conservative jerk who wrote a lengthy post about having sex with underage boys and how it makes them cry tears of joy.  I'm sorry but when I see a guy with pedophile fantasies like kirk I call him out.  Obviously you think child molestation is funny or awesome or whatever, I can't follow your poorly written thought.   Congrats by the way on almost getting one sentence written.  I know attempting two or three sentences taxes your tiny brain.   Your mom must be so sad to see the fetal alcohol syndrome has made you so stupid and ugly.

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