Republican lawmaker, 35, resigns after he 'shared naked photos of his ex-girlfriend on an Instagram he set up two years ago to catfish other men'Daily Mail
August 2, 2018
An Illinois lawmaker has resigned after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos of her on social media.
Rep Nick Sauer, of Lake Barrington, resigned from his position on Wednesday.
Sauer said in a letter filed to the House clerk's office that his 'ability to fulfill my obligations as a state representative... will be affected by the distraction of addressing these allegations'.
His resignation comes after a published report alleging he set up an Instagram account under the Chicago woman's name and posted explicit photos.
According to Politico, Sauer's ex-girlfriend, Kate Kelly, filed complaints with Chicago police and the legislative inspector general against the first-term lawmaker.
In the complaint, Kelly accused Sauer of using the Instagram account 'to catfish other men by 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,' the complaint read.
Kelly told Politico that the two began a long-distance relationship in 2016 after meeting on the dating app Tinder.
In June 2017, Kelly reportedly moved to Chicago to be closer to Sauer but they broke up in March 2018.
She blames the breakup on him dating other women.
After their breakup, Kelly claimed Sauer reached out to her and apologized.
'I quickly realized things wouldn't change and we stopped talking again. Then at the end of June, I told him he needed to reimburse me for flights and hotels, etc,' she told Politico.
Kelly told the news site that Sauer transferred $2,000 into her bank account to pay for her travel expenses, but it was just a short time later that she discovered the Instagram account.
She then claimed that Sauer admitted '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,' she alleges.
The account was taken down by Instagram after Kelly reported the page.
Sauer, 35, was a member of the House Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force and was seeking re-election in November.
He did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
In a statement, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin labeled the allegations 'troubling' and added, 'we should allow the proper authorities to conduct their investigation'.
No charges have been filed against Sauer.
Jeanne Ives, a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 42nd district, released a statement saying Sauer did the right thing by resigning.
'Sexual misconduct and abuse has no place in the work place or any place for that matter. Mr. Sauer's resignation is not, however, the ending of this difficult chapter in the Illinois legislature,' she said.