Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gay Craigslist Tryst Pressures Indiana State Rep to Resign

August 15, 2011

Indiana State Rep. Phillip Hinkle is pressured to resign a day after The Indianapolis Star received a series of emails suggesting the politician had arranged a sexual rendezvous with an 18-year-old man via Craigslist.

Apparently, the Republican state representative had responded to a posting on Craigslist’s “Casual Encounters” section and offered a young man $80 plus a tip to meet him at an Indianapolis hotel.

The state rep didn’t deny the existence or authenticity of the emails when he was asked to comment by the Star. He would only say he was “aware of a shakedown.” Pressed further, he referred any and all questions to his lawyer.

Hinkle’s lawyer, Peter Nugent, says he doesn’t know whether his Hinkle plans to resign. Nugent was still trying to figure out exactly what had gone down when the Star reached out for comment. “I’m making progress,” Nugent said.