Wisconsin State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D), who’s been getting attention for an impassioned speech he delivered last week in defense of those opposing the state’s anti-union budget bill, is now getting attention for a sexual misconduct citation he received earlier this month. In an e-mail to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hintz says he’s willing to take responsibility for his actions, but is also concerned that his “personal situation is distracting from the much more important issue facing the state.”
“We have tens of thousands of working people at the Capitol every day, and that must remain our focus,” Hintz wrote.
According to the Journal Sentinel, Appleton police arrested Hintz on Feb. 10 for violating a city ordinance against “touching/offering to touch sexual parts.” He posted $2,667.50 bail.
Appleton police told the AP that the citation came in connection to an ongoing investigation of the Heavenly Touch Massage Parlor in Appleton. In late January, six women were arrested in connection with the investigation.
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