A state lawmaker who once pled no-contest to the charge of asking for sexual favors offered a helpful bit of dating advice on his Facebook page last month. State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D – Oshkosh) posted a clever little rhyme on his official Facebook page along with a link to a press release by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warning of online dating scams.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, your online love interest may be scamming you…A pre-Valentine’s Day warning from the Wisconsin DATCP,” Hintz – or a staffer posting under his name – wrote on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. According to the linked press release, online scammers have several methods they use to leverage romantic attachment or allurement to scam individuals for money.
The irony of Hintz’s post is that in 2011 he was caught in a police raid on an Appleton massage parlor suspected of prostitution. According to police records, Hintz was charged with asking for, and offering to pay for, sexual favors. According to news reports at the time, Hintz was vague about what took place during his visit to the massage parlor but did admit to letting his constituents down.
“This was a bad decision in my personal life that was out of character for me,” Hintz was quoted as saying in the Oshkosh Northwestern.
The case ended after Hintz didn’t challenge the charge and agreed to pay a fine of $2,032.50. The police record is available below.