UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man is accused of meeting up with a 17-year-old that he met online and paying her to have sex.
John Stemen is charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Stemen, according to officials, admitted to meeting the girl online and paying $200 for a sexual date.
State police say the two had sex on April 29.
Stemen, up until Thursday, worked for Congressman Anthony Brindisi in his Utica office, which is when he was fired. Brindisi said he was terminated as soon as he found out.
The 57-year-old is due in court May 20.
Brindisi's office released a statement saying:
“As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated from his position.”