A state representative in Massachussetts is being investigated after allegedly sending pictures of his genitals to a government computer.
The investigation is ongoing and the committee has not formally reprimanded the individual in charge, but it is being widely reported that Democratic State Representative John Fresolo is the one behind the scandal.
He allegedly sent ‘lascivious photos of his privates’ to a computer at the State House, and an aide complained to the Ethics Committee to start the investigation.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo has not confirmed any accusations in the case except that he did say there was ‘sufficient cause’ for an investigation.
‘In order to protect the integrity of the Ethics Committee investigation, Speaker DeLeo will have no further comment on this matter,’ spokesman Seth Gitell said.
Local blogs and radio hosts have taken the case further, saying that it was definitely Fresolo who sent the salacious pictures.
Though he was curt and dismissive when a reporter from The Republican newspaper called him, he did not deny the claims.
‘I’m going to hang up now, but I want you to know I am not resigning,’ he said.
This is not his first scandal, as he has a history of violence towards his family members that has put him in trouble with social services.
In 2005 he reportedly physically abused his then-13-year-old daughter, and that came nearly a decade after he was arrested for beating his then-wife in 1996. She later dropped the charges.
Blogger Michele McPhee reports that he is now on paid administrative leave, which is allegedly angering his colleagues.
‘It’s bad enough that he pulled an Anthony Weiner and had pictures of his penis on State House computers, but then he tried to get his per diem pumped up. No one puts in for 220 days of commuting and with his commute that’s a lot of money,’ a state representative told her on the condition of anonymity.
Adding a dash of irony to the case, the accusations come on the same day that the state politicians underwent ethics training.