A new Craigslist sex scandal breaking in Indiana involves a lawmaker who recently voted for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Phillip Hinkle, a Republican state representative, reportedly offered $80 to an 18-year-old man he met on Craigslist, "for a couple hours of your time," plus a tip "for a really good time." The Indianapolis Star, which broke the story, has some of the details:
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.
Hinkle told the Star he was the victim of a "shakedown," but he didn't elaborate. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told the Star that he is "sad" about the story and added, "It's just a personal family tragedy."