Until very recently, Illinois’ 51st District was represented by Republican Nick Sauer, who was campaigning for re-election when his ex-girlfriend discovered one of Sauer’s less attractive
hobbies compulsions: catfishing dudes on Instagram with nude photos—of her.
Today, one of their “rising stars” Rep. Nick Sauer had to resign because of deeply disturbing allegations that he posted photos of his ex-girlfriend online to catfish other men. This is likely illegal and completely disgusting. https://t.co/aRFjlGbV4q
— Max Weiss (@MaxNWeiss) August 2, 2018
This is a “values voter” conservative on the Illinois State House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force using his ex’s photos to trick guys into having sexy conversations on Instagram. According to the victim, Kate Kelly, Sauer used the nudes without her knowledge “to catfish other men using my privately shared naked photos. Nick would use this account to direct message men with my photos to engage in graphic conversations of a sexual nature. The men believed they were communicating with me and Nick shared private details of my life.”
Revenge porn and catfishing. It’s a psychologist’s smorgasbord.
I went to college with Nick Sauer. He holds the distinction of being not only the most toxic, narcissistic individual I've ever met in my entire life but also he's the only person I've ever taken a swing at. I'll have more to say about this later, but for now: Karma is a bitch. https://t.co/xkrGBxrF96
— Collin Krum (@collinkrum) August 1, 2018
Politico broke the story Wednesday morning. Kelly had dated Sauer since 2016, even moving to Chicago to be closer to him. Then, in March, she discovered that he was sleeping around and subsequently dumped him. Fast forward to June, when she received a message from a total stranger who claimed to have “been communicating for 4 months with someone pretending” to be her. She contacted Instagram, who closed the bogus account, and confronted Sauer.
Kelly reportedly wrote in a complaint to the Office of the Legislative Inspector General:
He came to my house & confessed to catfishing men with my photos for 2 years to at least 8 men. He was unable to provide the names and begged that I let it go.
Sauer must have known this was coming. Mere hours after the Politico story broke, he resigned.
State Rep. Nick Sauer resigning as of 5 PM today following story alleging he posted naked photo of his ex-girlfriend online. Does not deny or otherwise address allegations, save for calling them a distraction. pic.twitter.com/UWmLRiDYG7
— Amanda Vinicky (@AmandaVinicky) August 1, 2018
Staff quickly vacated his offices, including one person who must have been the absolute coolest.
— Jim Williams (@JimWilliamsCBS2) August 1, 2018
It is a felony in Illinois to use another person’s “private sexual images” without their consent, but no charges have yet been filed.
#NickSauer could be facing serious charges. In IL, we put away our politicians all the time. It is a favorite pastime. Look it up. The charges were filled in Chicago which is predominately Democratic. If he did it, I wouldn’t count out the Chicago DA putting the hammer down.
— EB (@eobrien04) August 1, 2018
Unfortunately, the people who might prosecute these crimes accept 'resignation' as some form of punishment.
— ALT_Reality (@ALT_MyName) August 1, 2018
No motive has yet been established, other than this guy being a colossal creep with serious issues.
Some of the male reporters covering the Nick Sauer revenge porn story yesterday truly showed they don’t understand the dynamics involved when it comes to sexual abuse.
— Joanna Klonsky (@joannaklonsky) August 2, 2018
Republican state legislators were quick to elbow him off the team.
GOP Governor Bruce Rauner said early Wednesday:
He should resign.
And then he did.
— Collin Krum (@collinkrum) August 2, 2018
It should go without saying, but don’t do this at home, folks.