Rep. Kerry Gauthier reportedly sexed 17-year-old boy in Duluth-area rest stop

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Gauthier hasn't yet been charged in connection with the alleged criminal sexual conduct.
SEE ALSO: Rep. Kerry Gauthier under investigation for "suspicious activity" at highway rest stop

This week, the Duluth News Tribune called out the State Patrol and Duluth Police Department for not releasing more information about a mysterious rest stop incident involving state Rep. Kerry Gauthier, D-Duluth. Yesterday, they were scooped.

The Northland's NewsCenter, cited "well placed sources," reports that "the incident involved a 17 year old boy with whom Gauthier was reportedly engaged in a sexual act."

From the NewsCenter:
Because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16 it is not illegal to have sex with someone who is 17. However it can be a misdemeanor to engage in sex acts in a public place.

Our sources say Representative Gauthier met the young man on Craig's List and that police are investigating the potential that money changed hands which could make it a criminal matter.
When the Tribune asked the first-term legislator about the incident, he said: "I think it's a private matter and I don't need to talk about it." Now that these disturbing allegations have emerged, he'll presumably have more to say next time he makes public comment, and we'll be sure to keep you posted.


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womanphoenix
womanphoenix

Agreeing with all those who say he should resign. He should do so once he's out of the hospital. I feel sorry for him especially considering that he's now in the hospital apparently because of this, but his actions were simply Bad Judgement X2.

 

The closet claims another victim.  If he wasn't hiding his orientation, he wouldn't have felt the need to look for love or sex on Craigslist, and he wouldn't be in a hospital right now staring at the end of his political life. (I wonder how many closeted Republicans are currently, in finest Henry Hyde adulterous hypocrite fashion, joining in the attacks on him, even as they hope their own closets never get forced open in this way?)

Unobtr
Unobtr

I wonder what the media would say if it had been a Repub?  Oh wait, they did have an opinion-or two! His actions certainly don't represent me or my family!  And having been raised in San Francisco at the height of the gay bath house participation and the rapid increase in diseases as folks "did it if it felt good," I would agree with the concerned poster that exposing/encouraging a 17 year old to participate in a dangerous lifestyle, and to who knows what disease, doesn't "represent" anything good.  Yes, I'd encourage him to leave the public "service" and perhaps work in an aids clinic serving folks who are paying the physical price for this type of daliance. 

scott
scott

Give the man a break.  Men meet in rest stop bathrooms.  Now with Craig's List it is set up in advance, between men agreed in advance.  It takes the cruising part out of it.

stephenrjking
stephenrjking

@jpodhoretz Everything it sounds like. He'll probably still get re-elected this fall, too.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Is it just me, or is it always old white guys doing these kinds of things. One more reason we need a youth movement in Washington. 

cynicusprime
cynicusprime

@jpodhoretz Wait, we're still using "sexed" as a verb?

Linda Hallen
Linda Hallen

Good reason not to stop at rest stops at midnight when you're alone.

Laura Cook
Laura Cook

Wow. What's wrong with people these days!! Sick.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

Clearly he needs to resign now. He has no business pulling a Larry Craig and serving out his term, and under no circumstances should he stand for reelection (a la David Vitter).

John Alverson
John Alverson

Age of consent is 18, 16 if you are in a position of authority.

GODFUCK
GODFUCK

was the kid a trick? also age of consent is 16 if the person is in a position of authority then the age of consent is 18. Did the 17 yo live in his legislative district? If so, then the authority is clear. As a state rep., you can argue he is in authority over all Minnesotans, so then he broke the boy... er ... he broke the law. 

Tracy Madden
Tracy Madden

Snicker. I also wondered when "sexed" became a word for "having sex".

Kevin Lane
Kevin Lane

Sexed? So, he wasn't sure if it was a boy or a girl and decided to check?

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @GODFUCK lol.....so does that mean that the teacher in Pretty Little Liars was not a rapist??? 

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