From the party of Family Values comes the latest staffer arrested for multiple charges of child sex crimes.
KWCH-TV reported on Thursday that Matthew P. Pennell, a staffer for GOP Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp’s Dodge City office, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Upon learning of the arrest, Mary Kelly, Huelskamp’s chief of staff, told the news agency on Saturday that Pennell was “immediately” placed on leave, “without pay until further notice.”
She added that “Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment on this time.”
The Dodge City Police Department arrested Pennell after an investigation with members of the Internal Crimes against Children task force. His case was filed with the Ford County Attorney’s office, and his bond was set at $75,000.
Huelskamp represents Kansas’ first district, and according to his Facebook, Pennell worked with Huelskamp in 2014.
[h/t The Hill]