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Spokane cops investigate sex extortion plot against a legislator

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 30, 2007 at 4:35 pm |
October 30, 2007 4:35 pm

Spokane police are investigating whether a man tried to blackmail a state legislator from Clark County after reportedly having sex with him.


Court records made public today say state Rep. Richard Curtis, a two-term Republican from La Center, met Cody Castagna at an adult store in Spokane early Friday morning. The two went to Curtis’ room at the Davenport Tower Hotel, where he was staying during a gathering of Republican lawmakers.


Curtis has denied having sex with the man. He told police he gave Castagna $100 for gas money.


Here’s more of what The Columbian reported today:


However, Detective Mark Burbridge of the Spokane Police Department, in a signed affidavit, concluded that Curtis and Castagna engaged in mutual sexual activities, after which Curtis fell asleep. Burbridge’s affadavit is based on interviews with both men.


The affidavit alleges Castagna left the hotel room with Curtis’ wallet. He later called the state lawmaker and offered to return it in exchange for money, Burbridge said in his affidavit.


"Cody Castagna also threatened to publicly expose Richard Curtis’ gay lifestyle to his wife," the detective wrote. "Richard Curtis said he said he only had $200, which Cody Castagna demanded Richard Curtis give to him. Richard Curtis left an envelope at the front desk of the Davenport Towers Hotel containing the $200."


Read the rest of the story here.

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