The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission announced today that it is fining antigay State Senator Bill Kintner, of Papillion, $1000 for illegally using state property, a civil violation.
Kintner says that since he's been forgiven by the people that matter most to him, he sees no reason to leave office.
Kintner used a state laptop to engage in cybersex with a "smoking hot" female blackmailer while in Boston last year (Quite a detailed, blow-by-blow timeline by the Lincoln Journal-Star!) Investigators traced the scam to a small crime syndicate based in the Ivory Coast using Russian computers, he said.
Nebraska's GOP AG, Doug Peterson, told the World-Herald through a spokeswoman that he refused to bring misdemeanor criminal charges against Kintner because the senator’s actions occurred while he was in Massachusetts, so the Nebraska courts did not have jurisdiction.
We find this logic fascinating. Nebraska laws governing the use of its Mac Airbooks don't apply if a state senator takes the laptop to a Boston hotel room, according to a conservative activist AG who is suing Colorado for legalizing pot? The dean of the Nebraska Unicameral, Ernie Chambers, called him a "guttersnipe" and a "vulgar hypocrite" and repeated his vow to seek impeachment or expulsion of Kintner.
The speaker of the Nebraska's one-house Unicameral, Sen. Galen Hadley, said he was leaning toward expulsion, and this year, possibly in a special session.
Had GOP Governor Ricketts gone public instead of remaining silent, voters might have ousted Kintner during last fall's elections. Now, if Kintner resigns or is expelled, Ricketts will be able to appoint a replacement for Kintner, who worked hard to further Ricketts' legislative agenda last session.
The Nebraska State Patrol completed its investigation in October of 2015 and and turned over the results to the Attorney General’s Office, which "reviewed" the information and quietly referred the matter to the (NADC) in November. Since then, the NADC has met four times (Dec ’15, Jan ’16, April ’16 and June ’16) and took no action in the matter until today's meeting which followed widespread media disclosure of the indiscretion this weekend.
The commission appears to have let Kintner off easy. According to the Lincoln Journal-Star:
In a statement, following the NADC's announcement of a fine, Kintner said, in part:A section of commission law says a public official may only use a government computer for business or to contact his or her child, a teacher, doctor, day care center, baby sitter or family member to inform them of an unexpected schedule change or for other essential personal business.People who violate that law commit a misdemeanor and are punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine. The commission may also assess civil penalty of no more than $2,000.
Humbled by the reality that after initially resisting the overtures from a woman who had found me on Facebook, I caved to her temptation to engage in cybersex via her invitation over Skype — immediately afterword [sic] she informed me that she was extorting money fr om me — I knew as a follower of Christ I needed to take quick and decisive action, and I did...What Kintner means, of course, is there was no recording of the encounter on the state government laptop he used for cybersex — the blackmailer recorded it on her computer.
Finally, I am very disappointed that protocol and due process were violated when articles came out last week, full of misrepresentations and misstatements. Just so it is clear — there has [sic] never been any videos of an adult nature on any computer that I own or that I use.
BREAKING: Kintner's statement. pic.twitter.com/yExsnh9dxy— Emily Nohr (@emnohr) August 5, 2016