Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer resigned on Wednesday following a complaint from an ex-girlfriend who accused him of posting nude photos of her to lure other men into “graphic” discussions, according to Politico.
“As a result of the allegations by Kate Kelly, a former girlfriend, I have decided to resign,” Sauer wrote in a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives. “It is important that the citizens of the 51st District be fully represented. My ability to fulfill my obligations as a State Representative and public servant will be affected by the distraction of addressing these allegations. After speaking with my family, I feel it best to step away from my public responsibilities.”
Kelly claimed she began a long-distance relationship with Sauer in 2016 after meeting on the dating app Tinder. She moved from California to Chicago in June 2017 to be closer to him. The couple stopped dating in March 2018.
Following the breakup, a man Kelly did not know reached out to Kelly on her personal Instagram account on July 12, to inform her that “he had been communicating for 4 months with someone pretending” to be Kelly.
In her complaint, Kelly said that Sauer admitted what he had done to her once confronted. “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,” she wrote.
No charges have currently been filed against Sauer.
Sauer, the Republican representative of Lake Barrington and member of the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force, spent more than a year on the Illinois Toll Highway Authority as an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner.