Indiana State Representative Phillip Hinkle, a GOP lawmaker who voted to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a man and a woman, has become the latest anti-gay Republican lawmaker to become ensnared in a gay sex scandal.
Hinkle was apparently caught trying to bribe an 18-year-old male teen he met on Craigslist after their sexual meetup turned into a sexual assault/hostage-taking situation. In his defense, Hinkle is claiming the entire thing is part of a “shakedown.” His words.
The Indy Star report is must-read stuff, great work by the paper:
The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”
The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”
The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.
When contacted by The Star about the emails, Hinkle, a Republican who represents portions of Pike and Wayne townships, did not contest the emails but said, “I am aware of a shakedown taking place.”
Asked what he meant by shakedown, Hinkle would not elaborate. He directed further questions to his attorney.
Kameryn Gibson, the young man accused of shaking down the confused politician, posted the Craigslist ad in the “Casual Encounters” section under m4m (male for male). He used his sister’s email address, and the two of them deny trying to shakedown Hinkle in any way. The sister contacted the newspaper, not because she was looking for any money from Hinkle, but because she thought his actions were “creepy,” and given his stature the story was newsworthy.
The best part? Make sure to read the full version on the Indy Star website — in one of the email exchanges between the two men. Hinke’s message contained the signature “Sent from Phil’s iPad.”
Seeing as how Anthony Weiner was eviscerated for far less than trying to bed an 18-year-old, exposing himself and holding him against his will, surely this Sugga Daddy will be out of work soon.
Anyone else think America would be better off if these guys just came out of the closet already?