A state senator has been fined $1,000 for using a state-owned computer to have cybersex while attending a conference in Boston.
Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission Executive Director Frank Daley says the commission fined Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion for misuse of his official laptop.
“The activity which I discussed took place on a state-issued laptop computer and so the violation specifically is that he used public resources under his official care and control other than in accordance with law,” according to Daley.
Kintner confesses to engaging in cybersex during the trip in July of 2015. Kintner met a woman in an online chat room, who propositioned him. Afterward, the woman attempted to extort $4,500, threatening Kintner’s career and marriage.
Kintner reported the threat to the Nebraska State Patrol which investigated and discovered Kintner had been using the laptop given to him as a state senator. The NSP and the Attorney General’s office turned the case over to the Accountability and Disclosure Commission after concluding their investigation.
The commission met on Friday for about an hour behind closed doors before returning to announce its settlement with Kintner. Daley says the commission worked with Kintner’s attorney, not directly with the state senator. The maximum fine that could have been imposed is $2,000.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has asked Kintner to resign.
Kintner tells reporters he confessed his sin to God and then had a very difficult discussion with his wife. He then considered his options.
“And after a solid week of praying, I believe I am where I should be, so I will not be resigning.”
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