Illinois GOP state Rep. Nick Sauer has been accused by an ex-girlfriend of creating a fake Instagram account using nude photos of her in order to “catfish” men into having “graphic conversations of a sexual nature.” The Chicago Police Department is investigating.
Politico reports: ‘According to the complaint filed by ex-girlfriend Kate Kelly with the Office of the Legislative Inspector General and obtained by POLITICO, Sauer used the Instagram account “to catfish other men 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.”’
Kelly told Politico that she met Sauer, who is seeking re-election to a second term, on Tinder and the two began a two-year relationship which ended after she discovered he was cheating on her. She discovered that he had been using the nude photos she had shared with him on his fake Instagram account when a man who thought he had been communicating with her reached out to her and told her about it.
Politico adds: ‘The complaint says Kelly’s employer helped her determine how long the fake Instagram account had been in use based on when messages were sent, which was close to the time they had started dating. In her complaint, Kelly writes that Sauer admitted as much. “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 been filed against Sauer yet.