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Capitol Police Make Final Determination on Former Senate Staffer’s Sex Tape

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Two men involved in a gay sex video shot in the Hart Senate Office Building will not face criminal charges, as the U.S. Capitol Police found no evidence of a crime.

The Senate staffer involved, Aidan Maese-Czeropski, had access to the room and exercised his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Maese-Czeropski was fired and Democratic Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin announced his retirement before the scandal broke.

“After consulting with federal and local prosecutors, as well as doing a comprehensive investigation and review of possible charges, it was determined that — despite a likely violation of Congressional policy — there is currently no evidence that a crime was committed,” the department stated.

“The Congressional staffer, who has since resigned from his job, exercised his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and refused to talk to us,” the statement read. “Our investigators are willing to review new evidence should any come to light.”

“I was angry. I was disappointed,” Cardin said.

“It’s a breach of trust,” he added.

“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 judgement, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace,” Maese-Czeropski wrote.

“I will be exploring what legal options are available to me in these matters.”

“Aidan Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the U.S. Senate. We will have no further comment on this personnel matter,” a statement said.

“From an early age, my family and my faith instilled in me the spirit of helping our community and that we all have a responsibility to make the world around us a better place,” Cardin said. “These values have always been present in my home and have driven my years of public service to Maryland and the nation.”

The video was initially shared in a private group for gay men in politics, leading to Maese-Czeropski’s resignation and subsequent statements.

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