Indiana State Rep. Phillip "Phil" Hinkle, a Republican who recently voted for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, had quite a Saturday evening this past weekend in the company of an 18-year-old young man named "Kameryn," to whom Hinkle allegedly showed his penis and then "grabbed in the rear." Isn't life wonderful?
According to the stories of 18-year-old Kameryn Gibson, his sister Megan Gibson, a treasure trove of extremely accurate-seeming emails and phone calls, and Hinkle's own non-denials, here's how it went down.
Kameryn Gibson went on the m4m section of Craigslist and posted an ad saying, "I need a sugga daddy." Hinkle responded with an offer to fill this role and pay Gibson $80 or so dollars, and, "for a really good time, you could get another 50, 60 bucks. That sound good?" He picked Gibson up at his house, took him to a hotel room, and showed him his state lawmaker ID. Gibson got cold feet and went to the bathroom to call his sister, Megan, and ask her to pick him up. This made Hinkle sad!
When Gibson came out, he said Hinkle told him he couldn't leave. Gibson called his sister again. This time, Megan told him to put her on speakerphone.
"I started cussing him," Megan told The Star. She also threatened to call the police and the local media.
"He said, 'I'll give you whatever,'" Megan said.
But when they hung up, Kameryn Gibson said Hinkle grabbed him by the right arm, just below the shoulder. Gibson said it was then that Hinkle grabbed him in the rear, dropped his towel and sat down on the bed — naked.
When Megan Gibson arrived to pick up her brother, she again threatened to call police and the local media.
Kameryn and Megan Gibson said Hinkle then offered his iPad, a BlackBerry and $100 in cash.
Kameryn Gibson walked past his sister and out of the room as she continued to yell at Hinkle.
Megan Gibson then started fielding calls on Hinkle's BlackBerry from various members of his family. She told them all that he was gay. And then she told the Indianapolis Star.
Hinkle does not have much of a response for the moment:
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."
Asked what he meant by shakedown, Hinkle would not elaborate. He directed further questions to his attorney.
If we had to go out on a limb, we'd guess that this won't help Hinkle's political career. Although this is the ten billionth time we've seen a story like this by now, so maybe people have just come to expect it.
Also: "Kameryn." Seriously?