Minnesota legislator drops re-election bid after sex scandal

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September 12, 2012

Minnesota State Representative Kerry Gauthier

By Greg Janetka

ST. PAUL, Minnesota: After initially refusing to leave the race, state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (DFL) dropped his bid for re-election following a sex scandal where he admitted to having oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop. Gauthier, who represents the Duluth area, said, "I am done. I just need to take care of myself right now, and I am not really up for that kind of fight." [1]

According to police, the incident took place on July 22 when Gauthier met with the boy behind a Duluth rest-area building. The boy had responded to Gauthier's as on Craigslist seeking "no strings attached" sex. As the legal age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and no money was exchanged, Gauthier was not charged.[2]

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