Friday, August 17, 2012

MN - Rep. Kerry Gauthier Admitted To Rest Stop Sex Acts With Teen, 17

Rep. Kerry Gauthier
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08/16/2012

DULUTH (WCCO/AP) – A Minnesota State Representative was allegedly involved in a sexual act at a public rest room near Proctor, Minn., according to recently released police documents.

The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office said they would not pursue criminal charges against 56-year-old Minnesota Rep. Kerry Gauthier (DFL) in relation to the alleged July 22 incident.

According to police documents, officers responded to a “suspicious activity” call at the Thompson Hill rest area. After investigating, they determined that Gauthier and a 17-year-old male had been involved in sexual activity — including oral sex — near the picnic tables on the south end of the rest area.

According to the documents, Gauthier admitted to meeting with the teen after putting an ad up on Craigslist, but said the teen claimed to be 18.

As the age of consent in Minnesota is 16, and as both parties claimed the encounter was consensual, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office said they would not pursue criminal charges.

During the investigation, police were looking into whether money changed hands, which would make it a criminal matter, but Gauthier and the teen both said that money was not exchanged.

Police said that Gauthier was neither arrested nor issued a citation.

Duluth resident Gauthier, who represents an area ravaged by recent flooding, was a no-show at a State Capitol hearing to discuss disaster aid on Thursday. A first-term legislator, he is up for reelection this November.

Democratic House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said Gauthier was being hospitalized for “an unknown health issue” and he expects him to address the incident when he recovers.

My immediate concern is for Rep. Gautheir’s health,” he said.

Minnesota’s Democratic Party Chairman, Ken Martin, also withheld comment.

The Republican Party of Minnesota released a statement Thursday in response to the investigation.

Today, Gauthier’s constituents have legitimate reason to believe that what he terms a ‘private matter’ is preventing him from doing his job representing them,” said party chairperson Pat Shortridge. “Gauthier’s absence from today’s legislative hearing on providing his district relief from the floods that devastated Duluth in June, raises serious doubts about his ability to continue holding public office.”

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FL - Fmr. Pensacola officer (Kevin Britt) facing child porn charges

Kevin Britt
Original Article

Yet another sex offender officer from Florida. Are all the police officers in Florida sex offenders? Sure seems like it.

08/16/2012

By Russell Colburn

PENSACOLA (WALA) - A former officer with the Pensacola Police Department is behind bars in Osceola County, Florida, charged with 10 counts of child pornography.

Deputies say an investigation into 38-year-old Kevin Britt began when Polk County Sheriff's detectives conducting an undercover Internet operation identified Britt as a suspect using the Internet to traffic or distribute child pornography images.

Polk detectives contacted the Osceola County Sheriff's Office when they discovered his residence was located in Osceola County. OCSO obtained a search warrant and seized several computers and electronic devices from Britt's bedroom.

Detectives processed the devices and found at least 10 child pornography images. Britt was arrested on August 14.

FOX10 News has learned that Britt was a former PPD school resource officer, and was affiliated with the Explorer Program. Britt was hired in 1994 and spent time in dispatch and as a patrol officer.

PPD says Britt resigned in 2002 during an internal investigation. Britt was being looked at for several suspicious activities, including acting as a bailer for people in jail, truthfulness in reports, and for associating with known criminals.

Britt was not under investigation for anything related to these new charges.

FOX10 News contacted PPD Chief Chip Simmons for a comment on the charges, but we were told that Pensacola Police does not comment on the activities of former officers.