Hinkle responded to an ad on Craigslist m4m section that called for "a sugga daddy." The ad was placed by 18-year-old Kameryn Gibson, who accepted Hinkle's offer of $80 and possibly more depending how the evening went. Hinkle picked Gibson up and brought him to his hotel. Once there, Hinkle showed Gibson his state lawmaker ID.
Gibson, suddenly freaked out and getting cold feet, ducked into the bathroom and called his sister Megan to pick him up. A suddenly nervous Representative Hinkle told Gibson he couldn't leave. The Indianapolis Star said the following:
Megan accepted his offer and began responding to calls on Hinkle's Blackberry telling them all he was gay. She then called the local media. Hinkle's response? "I'm aware that a shakedown is taking place."