Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) fired one of his top aides after police reportedly found him in a car with an underage boy, Politico reports. Hultgren (pictured) fired Nick Provenzano, 56, over the weekend after the staffer was found in a car last fall with a 17-year-old boy and no shirt on, according to multiple sources and a police report.
Politico found through a Freedom of Information Act Request that the incident happened in October 2017 in McHenry, Ill., but he wasn’t dismissed until this past weekend.
Hultgren’s office declined to elaborate on the incident any further.
“Nick Provenzano is no longer with the office,” said a Hultgren spokesperson. So it’s not clear as to when Hultgren found out about the encounter.
The documents Politico obtained state that a homeowner spotted the two men in a car on a dead-end street with no lights on and called the police.
After the police approached the car, they saw that Provenzano was shirtless, which he had claimed was because he was hot.
The aide told the police that they were “hanging out” and “talking about life,” according to Politico.
Provenzano later told the police that encounter between the two was consensual and that he thought the teenager was 18-years-old.
The teenager told the police that he met Provenzano on the gay dating app Grindr, which he said changed his age to 18.
The report shows that police investigated Provenzano for public indecency and other potential criminal acts following the incident, but no charges were ever filed.
Hultgren opposes same-sex marriage and co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, and yet, he was working closely with a gay staffer who he never knew was part of the LGBTQ community. It’s almost as if (it’s exactly as if) there is no difference between gay people and straight people in society – unless you’re a bigot. At any rate, his staffer was far too old to be having sexy-time with a 17-year-old boy.
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