INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Indiana state Rep. Phil Hinkle said he paid a young man $80 to spend time with him in a hotel room but denied the man’s claim he exposed himself.
Hinkle, a Republican, told the Indianapolis Star he e-mailed Kameryn Gibson, 18, who said in a Craigslist posting he was looking for a “sugga daddy” but did nothing illegal while with Gibson Aug. 6 in the downtown Indianapolis hotel room.
Gibson told the Star he attempted to leave the room and called his sister Megan after Hinkle identified himself as a lawmaker and that Hinkle tried to prevent him from leaving and exposed himself.
After his sister arrived, Gibson said, Hinkle offered them $100, an iPad and a Blackberry to keep quiet about the meeting.
Hinkle said he never exposed himself or offered anything to the Gibsons, but that they stole the items while he was in the bathroom.
“These people are lying through their teeth,” he said.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, stripped Hinkle of two committee chairmanships and called for his resignation.
Hinkle, who said he is not gay, said he would not heed Republican leaders’ call for his resignation.
“Those people didn’t elect me,” he said. “The constituents did.”
He said resigning would amount to a concession that the Gibsons’ account was true.