A congressional staffer for a Democratic senator has been fired after the staffer was exposed for recording a gay sex tape in a Senate hearing room.
A graphic video obtained by The Daily Caller Friday showed the male congressional staffer performing anal sex with an unidentified man in a Senate hearing room. A photo shared by The Daily Caller also showed the naked staff member on a table that is traditionally used by senators during public hearings.
The Daily Caller reported that a source identified the room as Senate Room Hart 216, which is known as the Judiciary Room.
According to The Washington Examiner, the congressional staffer in the leaked video was identified as 24-year-old Aidan Maese-Czeropski, who worked as an aide to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) prior to the release of the sex tape. On Saturday, Cardin’s office informed Politico, “Aidan Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the US Senate.”
“I was angry. I was disappointed,” Cardin told Fox News on Monday when asked about the incident. “It’s a breach of trust.”
While Cardin expressed his disappointment and anger about the sex tape scandal, the Democratic senator did not mention the name of the fired staff member to Fox News and described it as a “personnel issue.”
Cardin told Fox News he did not know any information regarding additional disciplinary actions against the former congressional staffer and had not been in contact with him since he was fired. Cardin also noted that Capitol Police are investigating the incident since the sex tape was filmed in an official Senate room.
Maese-Czeropski has also publicly addressed the sex tape scandal, although the former congressional staffer did not specifically mention the leaked video.
In a post on LinkedIn that has since been deleted, Maese-Czeropski wrote, “This has been a difficult time for me, as I have been attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda. While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgment, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace.”
Maese-Czeropski added, “Any attempts to characterize my actions otherwise are fabricated, and I will be exploring what legal options are available to me in these matters.”