One Gaithersburg resident and a New Jersey congressman's chief of staff were among 11 arrested last week in the city police department's first online sex sting, police said.
Officer Dan Lane, a police spokesman, said the men were all charged with soliciting sex from a minor, a felony offense that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison or a fine not exceeding $25,000, or both.
Kyu Hwan Yeo, 28, of the 100 block of Canfield Hill Drive in Gaithersburg, was arrested on November 18 and charged with one count of sexual solicitation of a minor. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Among the 11 was also Robert Decheine, who was Rep. Steve Rothman's chief of staff. Rothman represents New Jersey's District 9, which includes Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties. Rothman's office issued this statement:
"On Friday, November 19, 2010, at 3:30 pm, the House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms contacted Congressman Steve Rothman personally and informed him that the Gaithersburg Police Department had arrested Mr. Robert Decheine, who was then serving as his Chief of Staff, on a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor. Congressman Rothman immediately consulted appropriate House Counsel and terminated Mr. Decheine's employment, effective November 19, 2010, due to the very serious nature of this charge. Congressman Rothman considers this alleged criminal act to be shocking, appalling and indefensible."
SOURCE: North Potomac Patch