Anti-Gay Indiana Legislator Caught Cruising Craigslist For Gay Rendezvous

As usual file this one under unsurprising irony:

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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The young man, Kameryn Gibson, told The Star he posted the Craigslist ad in the “Casual Encounters” section under m4m, which is shorthand for men for men. He used his adopted sister’s email address.

Gibson said he and the man met but that they did not have sex. He and the sister, Megan Gibson, flatly denied any shakedown.

“I wasn’t shaking him down, at all,” Kameryn Gibson said.

Megan Gibson said she contacted The Star because she thought Hinkle’s actions were “creepy” and, given his stature, that his actions should be made public.

Megan Gibson also provided the email exchange, which she forwarded to The Star. She also allowed a reporter to inspect the emails, which she had kept, on her smartphone. The phone contained not only the email exchange but a call log that showed phone calls from numbers that match both Hinkle’s cellphone and home phone.

The Craigslist ad was posted at 7:37 a.m. Saturday. The ad shows two pictures of Kameryn Gibson, shirtless with pants pulled below the top of his underwear.

The ad’s text features one written line: “Email me and I’ll tell you everything you need to know!”

Forty-seven minutes later, he received a response from phinkle46 @comcast.net, with the email signature “Sent from Phil’s iPad.”

“Cannot be a long time sugar daddy,” the email reads, “but can for tonight. Would you be interested in keeping me company for a while tonight?”

According to other reports, Hinkle had recently voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to bank same sex marriage. Of course, I guess you don’t need to be married for what he apparently had in mind.

H/T: Pajama Pundit

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Ken says:

    If Hinkle were allowed to marry the rentboy he solicited for $120 on Craigslist, he might divorce his wife to marry said rentboy, which would impair the sanctity of his marriage.

  2. Gustopher says:

    Both sides do it!

  3. hey norm says:

    That’s what m4m means? Craiglist should explain that somewhere. I’m just sayin’

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Stories like this are among the reasons why so many question the sexuality of Marcus Bachmann…time and again we see conservative hardliners who prattle on the most about the evils of homosexuality turning out to be nothing more than hypocritical closet cases…

  5. Jay Tea says:

    @An Interested Party: Why do you question Mr. Bachmann’s sexuality? Just because he talks a little like Barney Frank doesn’t mean he shares the distinguished gentleman from Massachusetts’ orientation.

    J.

  6. Peterh says:

    Just because he talks a little like Barney Frank doesn’t mean he shares the distinguished gentleman from Massachusetts’ orientation

    Just because Obama sat in the same room with Bill Ayers doesn’t prove that he shares his orientation…..yeah….I get what you mean…..sheez….one-way street yahoos…..

  7. According to other reports, Hinkle had recently voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to bank same sex marriage.

    Freudian slip?

  8. mantis says:

    How many gay anti-gay politicians is that now?

  9. An Interested Party says:

    @Jay Tea: Oh, it’s not just that he sounds like Barney Frank, but that he’s also so worried about praying the gay away…just like the subject of this post, a lot of the most vocal anti-gay conservatives seem to be self-hating, hypocritical closet cases…

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Of course, I guess you don’t need to be married for what he apparently had in mind.

    It is only OK if you do it in the closet, Doug.

  11. Jay Tea says:

    @An Interested Party: Oh, so you’re saying Mr. Bachmann is like David Brock?

    So, to be against homosexuality is a sure-fire indicator of repressed homosexuality. Got it.

    Personally, I think he’s wrong, but I also believe there are some people who are genuinely lost and confused, and identify themselves as gay when they’re not really — they’ve just fallen into it for some reason or another. I’ve met a couple in my life. His group looks for those and tries to help them. But they don’t force anyone to participate, so I don’t see the big deal. I mean, it’s not like a certain law professor at Widener Law School, who was accused of harassment and discrimiation, completely exonerated, then ordered to apologize and undergo psychiatric evaluation for daring to publicly proclaim his innocence.

    J.

  12. RW Rogers says:

    I guess we shouldn’t criticize Hinckle for doing his own due diligence/opposition research. *LOL*

  13. Neil Hudelson says:

    Two things:

    1. He didn’t just vote for the ban, he was one of its most ardent, vocal proponents.

    2. Lord help me but JT is right here re: Mr. Bachmann and the slurs against his sexuality. it was despicable when Cindy or Michelle O. were attacked, the same goes for Marcus.

  14. Rob in CT says:

    Marcus can be critiqued plenty for the things that are demonstrably true about him (he’s the “pray the gay away” guy.). Whether he’s gay or not… meh. He may be, in the fine tradition of fervently anti-gay people who turn out to be closet cases. Or he may not be. I don’t give a damn.

  15. Neil Hudelson says:

    Rob,

    Agreed. I should make clear that the “pray the gay away” philosophy of Bachmann is wrong and should be criticized.

    I just get mad at the “He has a slight lisp! That must mean he’s gay! Let’s make fun of him!” mantra.

    It’s also curious that people who are probably vocal supporters of gay rights are using homosexuality as a slur.