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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

End of the Affair

posted by on June 17 at 15:24 PM


I suppose this should get a mention on Slog, considering the great big fuss we made

Charges dropped in career-toppling sex scandal

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against gay porn model Cody Michael Castagna stemming from a sexual encounter in a Spokane hotel last October with a conservative state lawmaker that ended the Republican’s political career.

Castagna, a 27-year old waiter and part-time porn model, was charged with six felony counts of extortion and theft after the evening with Richard Curtis, a 48-year old Republican legislator from LaCenter, near Vancouver, Wash. Curtis, who opposed gay rights measures as a lawmaker, resigned from the Legislature shortly after the incident last October became public….

Curtis sent a note Monday to Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz saying he didn’t want to testify against Castagna. Steinmetz, supervisor of the Major Crimes unit, proposed the dismissal, which was signed by Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen.

“My wife, daughters, and son-in-law have paid a very high price for my actions ….My family and I have found ourselves closer as a result and are settled into a new chapter in our lives and are moving past this incident,” Curtis said in his letter.

Prosecutors say that they don’t know where Curtis is and have no way of contacting him.

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“I’m stoked,” Castagna said Monday.

Hey -- doesn't that command of the English language qualify him to guest blog? I vote Cody for Slog!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 17, 2008 3:28 PM

How could we forget? You posted that hideous fucking picture every goddamn time.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 17, 2008 3:40 PM

How come SLOG hasn't posted this weird twist to an old story:

Posted by Inquiring Mind | June 17, 2008 3:44 PM

Which one is the gay porn model and which the conservative state lawmaker? Please label your captions.

Posted by umvue | June 17, 2008 3:52 PM

Dan - I was in Spokane this weekend (for the Democrats' convention). The Gay Pride Fest was the same weekend. I recalled your story (Was it The Geography of Shame?) as I took it all in - The Hotel Davenport, Dempsey's Brass Rail, Gay Pride in Spokane, Jim West, Out and Proud Democrats vs closeted Republicans, the Pacific Place Mall knock-off. Everyone was very tolerant and polite (oblivious even) to the gay boys & girls running around downtown and Riverfront Park (no counter protesters) and the 45-60 year old gay and lesbian couples. What was missing was that whole 30-something segment of the queer community.

Posted by jackseattle | June 17, 2008 3:56 PM

They're not missing...they just all live on Capitol Hill.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 17, 2008 4:06 PM

perfect Mr Strangeways, perfect

Posted by jackseattle | June 17, 2008 4:13 PM

I know where Mr. Curtis isn't.

Serving in a combat unit in Iraq.

He's a Republicant. They don't do that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 17, 2008 4:42 PM

#5 they were in your room when you passed out!

Posted by dickweed | June 17, 2008 4:53 PM

Prosecutors say that they don’t know where Curtis is and have no way of contacting him.

I'm assuming that they verified the note actually was from Rep. Curtis before dismissing the charges? If not, there's a fun new way to get out of trouble in Spokane.

Posted by Ryan | June 17, 2008 5:17 PM

#9 - really? how stealthy of you....

Posted by jackseattle | June 17, 2008 5:30 PM

Time to start writing the opera.

Posted by MichaelPgh | June 17, 2008 6:18 PM

If Mr. Savage will find me a nice conversion van and supply the gas I am sure
I will be able to find Mr. Curtis, eventually, via a stake out of major rest stops.

Posted by Joe Frilly-Panties | June 17, 2008 11:47 PM

Curtis is in Montana.

Posted by bubbles | June 18, 2008 1:29 AM

Castagna was misquoted. He either said, "I'm toked"


"For a small fee, I'll start strokin'"

Posted by michael strangeways | June 18, 2008 10:11 AM

Republicans are so classy. What next? Larry Craig reality show?

Posted by Vince | June 18, 2008 2:22 PM

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