Rep. Kerry Gauthier reportedly sexed 17-year-old boy in Duluth-area rest stop
Gauthier hasn't yet been charged in connection with the alleged criminal sexual conduct.
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."
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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