Kerry Gauthier is being urged by members of his own party after reports that the the Minnesota state representative had oral sex with a 17-yeear-old boy at a Duluth-area rest stop in July.
Despite the fact that the St. Louis County attorney’s office determined that no crime was committed in the rest stop incident, members of Kerry Gauthier’s party want him to step down, the Pioneer Press reported. Gauthier is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota equivalent of the Democratic Party.
“The situation involving Kerry Gauthier is deeply unfortunate, both for Gauthier’s constituents and for our party,” DFL chairman Ken Martin said in a statement. “His actions are inexcusable. No one in our party condones what he did, nor will we defend him in this matter.”
Kerry Gauthier was taken to the hospital this weekend for an unnamed “serious health condition,” and after he was discharged Rep. Paul Thissen met with Gauthier to discuss dropping out of his upcoming race.
“I shared with him that his friends and colleagues are concerned for him and his health, but also that we were all very disappointed in his behavior. I expect he will address these issues publicly and soon,” Thissen told the Pioneer Press. “As I shared with Representative Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election.”
Gauthier had met with the boy after placing an ad for “no strings attached” sex using Craigslit, the New York Daily News reported. The 56-year-old first term legislator reportedly had oral sex with the boy behind a rest stop pavilion in Duluth.
Police reports that became public last week noted that Kerry Gauthier admitted to the rest stop rendezvous when he was questioned.