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Embattled Indiana lawmaker says he’s not gay, admits to paying teen for ‘a good time,’ refuses to resign

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In a bizarre turn of events, embattled Indiana state representative Phillip Hinkle has admitted to paying a young man $80 — but claims that he wasn’t paying for a sexual encounter.

Hinkle, 64, acknowledged that he paid 18-year-old Kameryn Gibson “to have a good time,” yet insists in an interview with The Indianapolis Star that he had no intentions to have sex with him.

Kameryn Gibson, left, and Phillip Hinkle

The Star reported last week that Gibson met up with the legislator after Hinkle answered Gibson’s ad on Craigslist, which read that he was looking for a “sugga daddy.”

The pair met at the Indianapolis JW Marriott hotel, where Gibson said that even though Hinkle offered him $80 plus tip to spend time, he got cold feet when he found out Hinkle was a lawmaker.

Gibson stated that Hinkle then tried to keep him from leaving, exposed himself to the teenager, and then offered him and his sister cash and expensive electronic devices in exchange for their silence about the encounter.

Hinkle told The Star that he is not gay and “doesn’t know” why he responded to the ad nor why he paid Gibson. He also acknowledged his actions while stupid were in no way criminal and in response to public statements made by the Gibson siblings told the Star, “These people are lying through their teeth.”

Kameryn and his sister are standing by their story.

On Tuesday, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma told the media that he was stripping Hinkle of his chairmanships of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee and the Interim Study Committee on Driver Education.

The Speaker also pleaded for Hinkle to step down from his position as a state representative, saying he should take time to focus on his personal life.

“His continued service in the Indiana House is a distraction from that priority,” Bosma said in a statement, “and a detriment to the continuing work of the legislature.”

According to the Star:

Hinkle said resigning would be an acknowledgment that the Gibsons’ version of the encounter was the truth.

When asked why he had contacted Gibson and why he had used his personal email address, Hinkle replied, “I don’t know. I’m telling you, I don’t know.”

Hinkle has also denied that he is gay.

“I say that emphatically,” he said. “I’m not gay.”

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22 more reader comments:

  1. What kinda “good time” was he planning on having–in a towel?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:24pm
  2. Yeah You Gaaay ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:25pm
  3. Come out of the closet. Shame on you with a young kid.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:25pm
  4. He’s so gay he makes me look like a tolerant straight.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:26pm
  5. I’m not gay either, I just like to have sex with guys… (my guy in particular… ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:26pm
  6. All I have to say is…BITCH PLEASE.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:26pm
  7. He only wanted to play a game of monopoly.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:30pm
  8. Either way, if he weren’t GOP the TEAbaggers would make him resign as it’s the only honorable thing to do…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:30pm
  9. I wanna good time…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:31pm
  10. Paying a youth to “have a good time” has very limited connotations, one would think.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:45pm
  11. Let me guess….he wanted them to play Tiddlywinks.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:47pm
  12. I’m not gay, but this piece of trade I just picked up is.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:51pm
  13. he a republican?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:57pm
  14. you beet me to it, that was my line.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:12pm
  15. ROFLMAO!!! Ohhh DAMN I needed that laugh!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:44pm
  16. @Robert B: oh yes, he’s definitely a Republican. Given the tawdry circumstances, the odds favoured that.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:45pm
  17. Yes, because an 18-year-old looking for a “sugga daddy” on the “men seeding men” section of craigslist just wants to play a few rounds on Halo or something. Honestly, I think Hinkle would save a bit more dignity resigning now while he still has a chance. He must see the futility of arguing the hypocrisy, particularly if the only thing he can come up with as an excuse is “I don’t know”. Yeesh o_O

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 8:15pm
  18. huh, this makes me miss Clinton…. personally if im paying $80 for ‘a good time’ i’m expecting a happy ending….just sayin

    Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 8:48pm
  19. it is amazing how the human mind works, this Hinkle guy is a mess

    Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 1:53am
  20. So you pay a youth 80 bucks for a good time but it has nothing to do with sex? Get the fuck out!

    Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 2:53am
  21. Refund!

    Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 4:14am
  22. Another toe-tapping gay homophobe

    Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:55am