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  • Staffer For Anti-Gay 'Pro-Family' US Congressman Arrested On 17 Counts Of Child Sex Crimes

    A staffer for Republican U.S. Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has been arrested for the sexual exploitation of a child.

    Matthew Pennell has been arrested on 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He is the constituent services representative for Republican U.S. Congressman Tim Huelskamp (photo, top), and was active in local Kansas politics in 2011. Pennell is being held on $75,000 bond. 


    Photo: Rep. Huelskamp (left) with Matthew Pennell

    "Upon learning of his arrest, the Office immediately placed Mr. Pennell on Leave Without Pay until further notice," Huelskamp chief of staff Mark Kelly said in a statement. "Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time."

    The Family Research Council endorsed Huelskamp's re-election last year.

    Rep. Huelskamp was declared the most anti-gay member of Congress in 2012, and has been pushing a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

    In 2013, an aide to Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was arrested on child pornography charges. Police found hundreds of videos in the home of Jesse Ryan Loskarn, who later died by suicide.


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    • commented 2016-03-15 12:12:00 -0400
      @victoria, That is Matthew P. Pennell. I did a search and that’s the picture I found. Also, that is Huelscamp with Pennell in the photo above. Whether he’s involved or not should be in the article. But I will say that we don’t really know at this time whether he’s involved or not. However, since he’s not been arrested, I would guess that Huelscamp is not involved with Pennell’s sick sexual practices.

    • commented 2016-03-15 01:00:11 -0400
      Who is the person pictured at the top of your article? That is not Matthew Pennell. It doesn’t look like Huelscamp – is he involved, too? I don’t know who it is, but his picture showsup as the thumbnail image when we posted your article in our Facebook group. This situation is confusing. Could you clarify who is in the top photograph? Thank you.

    • commented 2016-03-13 18:46:52 -0400
      As are you a mistake Al Lammers. Do the world a favour & just kill yourself now.

    • commented 2016-03-13 16:16:02 -0400
      Every Christian Republican rapes children, it’s part of who they are.

    • commented 2016-03-13 14:12:12 -0400
      @dave Barnes and @al Lammers, if you hate gay people so much, then why come to a gay friendly site to post your idiotic rhetoric? I think Dave Koch has it right, “As I’ve said, those who scream the loudest against Gays are doing it as a smokescreen to conceal some really repugnant behavior, like molesting little children.”. Are you two actually that type of person? Also, I find it amazing that someone finally admitted that their god makes mistakes, but he sure as hell didn’t make anyone, let alone those that are gay, straight, bi, trans, and everyone that fits in the realm of human sexuality. There is no god, no heaven or hell. It’s just a story to make you feel better about death and thinking you’ll have a mansion in heaven, or 72 virgins, depending upon your belief system. But don’t worry Al, we all hate you, and people of your ilk too, so I guess that’s fair.

    • commented 2016-03-13 13:43:39 -0400
      What pisses me off most is that his bond is only $75K… That is absolute BS!

    • commented 2015-03-10 16:28:46 -0400
      As I’ve said, those who scream the loudest against Gays are doing it as a smokescreen to conceal some really repugnant behavior, like molesting little children.

    • commented 2015-03-10 12:10:28 -0400
      Oh and let me say that I hate both f@gs and pedos. And yes I know they’re two different mistakes of God.

    • commented 2015-03-10 12:07:18 -0400

    • commented 2015-03-10 00:41:33 -0400
      I’m sure he wants to have sex with children because he was taught about dinosaurs when he was in school. That is what Kansas is trying to save little children from, dinosaurs. The 4 legged ones from long ago, not the 2 legged predators we have today who call themselves Christian conservatives.

    • commented 2015-03-09 12:23:30 -0400
      I"m surprised that the republicans are not commenting on this. Does this mean they are okay with pedophiles, but not gay people. You have to watch those square states.

    • commented 2015-03-09 11:54:13 -0400
      Oh so this is what they mean by family values .

    • commented 2015-03-09 10:53:05 -0400
      No surprise here at all. I’ve found that most pedophiles are straight, married, Christian, heterosexuals. I’ll bet that there is a LOT of evidence to back that up too. Perhaps the world should start equating those qualities with pedophilia, rather than insisting that all homosexuals are pedophiles?

    • commented 2015-03-09 09:52:45 -0400
      What’s the big deal? So he’s a pedophile. It’s not like he’s a sicko fag or anything. smfh

    • commented 2015-03-09 09:46:52 -0400
      Is anyone surprised? Next up, Ben Carson found to be on the down low I bet.

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