Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- St. Louis County Attorney's has decided not to press charges against Representative Kerry Gauthier for an incident on an I-35 rest stop involving a 17 year old boy.
On Wednesday, authorities told the Northland's NewsCenter that Minnesota district 7B Representative Kerry Gauthier was at the center of a criminal investigation by Duluth police stemming from an incident on July 22nd involving the state lawmaker.
The Duluth Police Department has confirmed that the incident involved a 17 year old boy with whom Gauthier was reportedly engaged in a sexual act.
Because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16 it is not illegal to have sex with someone who is 17. However it can be a misdemeanor to engage in sex acts in a public place.
According to the incident report, Representative Gauthier met the young man on Craig's List. Police were investigating whether or not money changed hands between Rep. Gauthier and the 17 year old.
The incident report states that both parties have told police that the sex was consensual and that no money was exchanged.
The identity of the 17 year old is not being released by the city.
The Northland's NewsCenter reached out to Representative Gauthier's Campaign Manager, Zach Sias, for comment on Thursday. Sias told us the campaign had no comment at this time.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota GOP is demanding answers about the incident. In a statement Thursday, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, Pat Shortridge, said they want transparency and raised questions about how the case was handled by the Saint Louis County Attorney.
Shortridge added Representative Gauthier's absence from the legislative hearing on flood relief in St. Paul today raises concerns about his ability to continue holding public office.
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