The Indianapolis Star reportedly discovered emails sent from Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) appearing to solicit the paid company of a young man, who placed posts on Craigslist.
In response to a M4M forum Craigslist posting, Hinkle emailed Kameryn Gibson and offered him $80 cash, with a tip of $50 or $60, "for a really good time" at a local hotel. The e-mails were sent from Hinkle's publicly listed email address.
Gibson, whose Craigslist post listed him as 20, but is actually 18, said he met Hinkle at a Marriot hotel, but tried to leave when Hinkle said he was a state politician.
Gibson claims that Hinkle told him that he could not leave, grabbed him on the rear, exposed himself and, later, gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.
Unfortunately for Hinkle, the BlackBerry contained all of the emails between the young man and himself. In one, Hinkle gives a physical description of himself: "I am an in shape married professional, 5'8", fit 170 lbs, and love getting and staying naked."
The emails between Gibson and Hinkle contain no direct mention of sex acts, and Gibson said that they didn't have sex.
Megan Gibson, Kameryn's sister, said that when she came to pick her brother up from the hotel, she spoke to Hinkle's wife on the BlackBerry and told her that her husband was gay. Hinkle's wife reportedly offered her $10,000 to keep quiet.
No police report has been filed, but a spokesman for Hinkle said that "a shakedown" had taken place, but did not deny that Hinkle had sent the emails. Peter Nugent, Hinkle's lawyer, asked "that everyone respect the privacy of the family at this time" while the matter is being investigated.
According to Project Vote Smart, Hinkle is against same-sex marriage and recently voted to pass a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.