A longtime staffer for Congressman Anthony Brindisi has been arrested for soliciting sex from a teenager.
57-year-old John Stemen of Utica was arrested Friday for patronizing a prostitute.
New York State Police say Stemen met a 17-year-old on the internet and paid her $200 for a sexual date.
Stemen had worked for Brindisi in the Congressman’s Utica office and previously as the Director of Community Relations when Brindisi was a member of the New York State Assembly.
Brindisi’s office issued the following statement on Friday: “As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated from his position.”