Congressional Staffer Arrested on 17 Counts of Child Sex Crimes

Matthew Pennell, right, a staffer for Huelskamp, is facing criminal charges for sexual exploitation of a minor (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

A staffer for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to KWCH in Kansas.  

Matthew P. Pennell was arrested Thursday on 17 counts of alleged child sex crimes. He is listed as a constituent services representative for Huelskamp, according to Legistorm. He started working for Huelskamp in June 2014, according to his Facebook profile. KWCH is reporting Pennell was arrested following an investigation by the Dodge City police department and members of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. His bond was set at $75,000.  

Huelskamp's chief of staff, Mark Kelly, provided the following statement:  

“Upon learning of his arrest, the Office immediately placed Mr. Pennell on Leave Without Pay until further notice. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time."