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Rep. Hinkle Says Teen Robbed Him

An Indiana state lawmaker now says he was robbed by an 18-year-old man after the two allegedly met for a sexual rendezvous. Republican Rep. Phil Hinkle of Indianapolis called his Aug. 6 meeting with Kameryn Gibson ``stupid'' but denied any wrongdoing in an interview yesterday. Gibson told The Indianapolis Star that Hinkle exposed himself when they met at a hotel and then tried to buy his silence by offering him his iPad, Blackberry and $100. Hinkle did not deny promising to pay Gibson pay up to $140 during their meeting but said Gibson robbed him. He said he did not file a police report on the advice of his lawyer. House Speaker Brian Bosma has called for Hinkle to resign, saying he's become a ``distraction'' and a ``detriment'' to the General Assembly.Hinkle says he has no plans to step down, but won’t seek seek re-election next year.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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