A longtime aide to freshman Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for soliciting a prostitute on May 10.
The age of consent in New York is 17.
Brindisi’s office said Stemen, who served as the congressman’s district field representative in Utica, was fired on Thursday after it learned of the allegations.
“As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated from his position,” Brindisi’s office told The Hill.
Since @NYSPolice no longer shares mugshots, here’s a photo of John Stemen. He was fired by @RepBrindisi‘s congressional office after being accused of hiring a teen prostitute. Before, Stemen worked in Brindisi’s state assembly office and Assemblywoman RoAnn Destitio’s office. pic.twitter.com/JSAUUFwORU
— Andrew Donovan (@AndrewDonovan) May 10, 2019
Stemen joined Brindisi’s office following his election victory in November.
Stemen is scheduled to appear in Utica court on Monday morning.
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