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A member of a US senator’s staff has been sacked after filming himself having sex in a congressional hearing room.
Aidan Maese-Czeropski, 24, who works for the Democratic senator for the state of Maryland, Ben Cardin, recorded his encounter with another man on the dais of the judiciary room.
The US Senate hearing room.Credit: Bloomberg
The footage surfaced on the right-wing news website, The Daily Caller, which released the illicit video. Rumours of the video were first raised on another congressional conservative gossip site. Capitol Police are reportedly investigating the incident.
Maese-Czeropski’s sacking was announced by Senator Cardin’s office. “Aidan Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the US Senate. We will have no further comment on this personnel matter,” a spokesman said in a brief statement.
Posting on LinkedIn, the aide said he had been undergoing a difficult time.
“I have been attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda,” he wrote. “While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgment, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace.
Ben Cardin, a Democratic senator from Maryland.Credit: Bloomberg
“Any attempts to characterise my actions otherwise are fabricated, and I will be exploring what legal options are available to me in these matters.”
The room in which the encounter allegedly took place hosted the historical congressional hearings into the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
The room is also where Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic person to sit on the Supreme Court, was nominated. More recently, former FBI director James Comey gave evidence on Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in Russian interference in the 2016 election.
While Maese-Czeropski considers his legal options, he also faces the prospect of prosecution according to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.
One potential charge, Turley wrote, would be under local legislation governing “lewd, indecent, or obscene acts”. The venue could also cause some legal difficulties.
“The Capitol Police could argue that this constitutes purloining or using government property for personal purposes,” he added. “The key factor is the fact that this videotape was made with the apparent intent to publish or show others.
“Sex in congressional offices — by both members and staff — have long been known to occur on Capitol Hill.
“Yet, this was a public hearing room, albeit closed at the time, and a tape made for what appears public viewing.”
Disgraced former Republican congressman, George Santos, said the aide’s sexuality had nothing to do with the criticism he received. “Having sex in a United States government building and filming it is the reason you got heat,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Telegraph, London
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