No charges for Minn. lawmaker in rest stop incident

6:51 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. - A Minnesota lawmaker won't be charged for having sexual conduct with a 17-year-old male.

State Rep. Kerry Gauthier was found at the Thompson Hill rest area of Interstate 35 at approximately 11 p.m. on July 22.

The Duluth News Tribune, citing police records, is reporting Gauthier allegedly had oral sex with a 17-year-old male at the rest stop.

Gauthier, 56, told police he met the 17-year-olld after he posted an ad on Craigslist, police records state.

The 17-year-old told police he responded to the ad and the two agreed to meet at the rest stop. He also told police the two walked into a wooded area for "five minutes" where they engaged in oral sex, according to police reports.

Both Gauthier and the 17-year-old told police the oral sex was consensual and no money was exchanged, according to the police report.

The police report also states Gauthier told police the boy said he was 18. The 17-year-old also told police he had indicated he was 18 to Gauthier.

The St. Louis County Attorney will not press charges, the News Tribune reports.

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