Senate Aide to Maria Cantwell Arrested in Underage Sex Sting

James Michael McHaney, who until his arrest on Friday had worked as a D.C. scheduler for Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, was arrested in a sex sting on Friday after arranging a sexual liaison with an underage teen boy, The Smoking Gun reported:

Cantwell“James McHaney, 28, was nabbed by FBI agents after he arranged the afternoon liaison via a ‘cooperating witness’ working with investigators. According to the below felony complaint and an accompanying statement of facts filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the CW and McHaney were conversing online Friday afternoon when the CW asked whether McHaney was interested in engaging in anal sex with a 13-year-old boy. ‘I’ll be there,’ McHaney allegedly replied. He later asked for a photo of the child with whom he and the CW would have sex and whether the boy had ‘any pubes.’ When told no, McHaney allegedly replied, ‘That’s hot.’ McHaney was nabbed in the lobby of an unnamed ‘predetermined location,’ where he had arranged to meet CW.”

The AP reports: “McHaney, who appeared in federal court Saturday, was being held without bond pending a court hearing Wednesday, said Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.”

Cantwell’s office also released a statement: “Late Friday afternoon the FBI informed our office that a Senate employee was arrested. The employee was immediately fired. Our office has and will continue to fully cooperate with the ongoing federal criminal investigation. Senator Cantwell has zero tolerance for crimes against children.”

The Seattle Times reports: “Before joining Cantwell’s office, McHaney worked for the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign and before that as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Ohio.”


  1. says

    Interesting, huh? McHaney’s life ruined on account of a crime that didn’t happen involving someone who doesn’t exist. That hasn’t stopped some from salivating at their opportunity to take their driving the bus and running him over.

    Meanwhile, someone’s online actions contribute to the death of a teen and not only does a district attorney think such is a not prosecutable offense. Geez.

  2. Tim says

    NG would it be better for him to have raped the 13year old first? christ, get a life or at least some therapy. I think the guy is a perve and needs to be locked up.

  3. anon ( says

    Well, the charge would admit conspiracy, so a crime did occur. If the police make a mistake the defense would be entrapment. This has little to do with Cantwell herself of course.

  4. Gregg says

    NG – you are fucked up. This was a sting, and it looks like the guy fully intended to meet up with and have sex with a 13 year old boy – who didn’t have pubes! I’m all for giving someone the benefit of the doubt, but there is no doubt here. The guy is disgusting, a danger to children, and it sounds like you would rather dangle actual nude children in front of guys like this.

  5. says

    Are you all missing the fucking point? He intended to hookup with a 13 year old?! He had also been trading child pornography.
    It was a bust. That is what they are for to bust people before they have the chance to do something like rape a child!
    As for the MO kid who committed suicide. Studies show that a single event doesn’t cause suicide. If these people are charged for teasing a kid online (even though I agree it was malicious), does that mean her parents should be charged with neglect for failing to get her the proper help she needed for depression? Should they be charged for not making greater strides to increase her social standing at whatever the cost?

  6. Seattle says

    Thank God they caught this guy before he did rape a kid. (Please God, let this have been his first offense.)

    Throw him in jail and throw away the key (assuming he’s actually guilty, etc.)

  7. says

    Fucked up, Tim, would be a guy who doesn’t accept responsibility for his own actions, cuts a deal with the feds, and entices others into commiting a crime.

    BTW, I do have a life, one that doesn’t involve dealing with people like you.

  8. jblaca says

    It does sound like the guy who cut the deal did entice McHaney with the offer. In the Perverted Justice/Dateline cases they let the adult make the first move.

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