Lawmaker questions police action during Gauthier investigation

An Andover lawmaker is questioning whether Duluth police broke the law by not providing public information during the investigation into Rep. Kerry Gauthier after he was involved in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.
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An Andover lawmaker is questioning whether Duluth police broke the law during the investigation into Rep. Kerry Gauthier.

The Star Tribune reports Rep Peggy Scott, R-Andover, is accusing the department of not releasing public data after Gauthier was caught at rest stop with a 17-year-old boy.

In a letter this week, Scott claims police failed to release the public details of the case after at least two requests, a clear violation of the Minnesota Data Practices Act.

Duluth police tells the Duluth News Tribune the case was categorized as "high-profile," meaning that only a few officers could have access to the information.

Gauthier dropped his re-election bid Wednesday after pressure from party leaders.

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