INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2015)-- Several online reports accuse an Indiana lawmaker of a sexting relationship with Sydney Leathers, the woman at the center of the sex scandal involving former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.
According to Radar Online and The Dirty, Leathers was exchanging racy texts, including pictures with democratic State Rep. Justin Moed. Leathers says she did not know his name or that he was a politician until a gift from Amazon arrived that included Moed's name on the gift card.
FOX59 heard from a number of lawmakers on Tuesday saying this is out of character for Representative Justin Moed, someone they described as a hard-worker, with a bright political future, now fighting his way out of a scandal.
The photos posted online reportedly show Democratic State Representative Justin Moed baring his backside. It was enough nudity to shock taxpayers we showed Tuesday afternoon.
"He sent that," asked Dianne Rascoe, one she saw the pictures.
"Who sends that stuff? I don't know," remarked Mark Ballister.
Leathers told Radar Online that her interaction with Moed started February 4th. She was looking for someone she could financially dominate.
Moed responded from an explicit Twitter account saying he was local and would later provide the naked pics. He asked Leathers to come to Indy, according to posts by various gossip sites, and even offered to put her and an unnamed third person up in the Conrad Hotel downtown.
Moed also confessed he's had encounters with a man before, too.
Leathers told gossip sites he sent her gifts, even a pink leash and collar. But shoes and lingerie came through Amazon, along with the lawmaker's name. That's when Leaders told Radar Online she turned to Google to find out who he was.
Moed was not home when we stopped by on Tuesday afternoon.
We've also learned he is engaged, with plans to marry in September.
As for why Leathers went public with the sexts, she told Radar Online, "Maybe he should have picked someone else. Maybe he wanted this kind of attention."
Moed released the following statement Tuesday:
"I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down."
As of Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for House Democratic leadership said they were not commenting at this time.