House speaker calls for resignation of Minnesota lawmaker in sex tryst

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) called Friday for the resignation of state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (D-Duluth) following the revelations of a sexual encounter last month between Gauthier and a 17-year-old boy. Authorities said Thursday that no charges would be filed in the incident, since the sex was consensual sex and no money was exchanged.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) is calling for the resignation of state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (D-Duluth) following an incident at a rest stop last month, reports WDIO.com.

Police said that Gauthier admitted to placing an ad on Craigslist.com, where he met a 17-year-old boy. The boy told authorities that he responded to the ad and met Gauthier, and that they allegedly had oral sex. Authorities said on Thursday that since the sex was consensual and no money was exchanged, they declined to file charges.

On Friday, Zellers said Gauthier should resign because his "actions are not becoming of a member of the House of Representatives."

The Duluth News Tribune reported Wednesday that Gauthier was being investigated for the incident, which took place July 22 near the Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 near Proctor. The same paper reported early Saturday morning that the Duluth City Councilor Jay Fosle would challenge Gauthier in the next house election.

Gauthier, 56, is serving his first term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, according to his House bio. The Duluth District 7B lawmaker was elected to his position in 2010.

Next Up

DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.

ambulance

Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

127266986_2766399800267634_3587849554502438415_n

West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Man, 21, in custody after Albert Lea police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.

Related

Special session ends without action against lawmaker in sex scandal

Disgraced Democratic state Rep. Kerry Gauthier escaped any action for his removal at the Republican-controlled Minnesota House as Friday's special session keyed in specifically on flood relief. GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers called Gauthier's sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop "egregious" and still called for the Duluth lawmaker's resignation. Gauthier skipped Friday's session.

Duluth lawmaker at center of sex scandal released from hospital

DFL State Rep. Kerry Gauthier was hospitalized with breathing difficulty last week, soon after acknowledging to police he'd had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a highway rest stop near Duluth. Gauthier and the teen say the sex was consensual and the boy lied about his age. The St. Louis County attorney decided against prosecuting Gauthier, but a fellow DFLer has started a write-in campaign for his legislative seat.

No charges against state lawmaker in teen sex tryst

The St. Louis County Attorney's office tells the Duluth News Tribune state Rep. Kerry Gauthier will not face charges after "suspicious activity" last month at the Thompson Hill rest stop along Interstate 35 involving a 17-year-old boy. According to police records released Thursday, Gauthier admitted he met the teen through Craigslist. Both parties told investigators that the sex was consensual and that no money was exchanged. The 17-year-old also told police that he told Gauthier he was 18.

Accused lawmaker was warned about sex harassment, former House speaker says

A House colleague and a lobbyist have accused Cornish of sex harassment.

Daughter of Duluth House candidate says she was abandoned

A write-in candidate for House district 7B in Duluth is being accused of abandoning his daughter 18 years ago. His estranged daughter reached out to the local newspaper claiming his actions are no better than those made by Rep. Kerry Gauthier. Gauthier recently dropped his bid for reelection after admitting to engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth rest stop.