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Anti-gay Indiana Republican legislator caught up in sex scandal with 18-year-old boy

Editor’s note: Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle, a Republican, is outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for the LGBT community and co-sponsored the constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage in the Hoosier State. The Indianapolis Star details a sex scandal involving Rep. Hinkle and an 18-year-old boy who was looking for a sugar daddy on Craigslist.

Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle -- responding to a local posting on Craigslist -- offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.

The emails, sent from Hinkle's publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for "a couple hours of your time tonight" and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 "for a really good time."

The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man -- who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old -- says, "I need a sugga daddy."

The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.

When contacted by The Star about the emails, Hinkle, a Republican who represents portions of Pike and Wayne townships, did not contest the emails but said, "I am aware of a shakedown taking place."

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