Skip to content

Capitol Police close probe into staffer sex video without charges

Despite a likely violation of congressional policy, no evidence of a crime, agency says

Hart Senate Office Building Room 216 sits empty before a hearing in 2020.
Hart Senate Office Building Room 216 sits empty before a hearing in 2020. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

An ex-Senate staffer who filmed himself having sex in a Hart Senate Office Building hearing room in December will not be charged, the Capitol Police announced Thursday.

There is no evidence that Aidan Maese-Czeropski, a former aide for Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., broke the law by filming himself having intercourse in the hearing room, the agency said in a news release.

The incident came to light when The Spectator ran a gossip piece about the incident, and The Daily Caller published censored clips of the tape that showed two men having sex in the hearing room. The next day, Maese-Czeropski was no longer working for Cardin.

“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 agency said.

“Although the hearing room was not open to the public at the time, the Congressional staffer involved had access to the room,” the agency said. “The two people of interest were not cooperative, nor were the elements of any of the possible crimes met.”

“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 agency said.

The agency said it is closing the investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the sex video “for now,” but that investigators “are willing to review new evidence should any come to light.”

Recent Stories

Democrats ask insurers to meet contraceptive coverage mandate

Greatest Generation Coin will help preserve World War II Memorial for future generations

Lawmakers press to avoid funding pitfall for public defenders

Supreme Court sounds skeptical of cross-state air pollution rule

Another year, another disaster aid gap as funding deadline nears

Tall order for lawmakers to finish spending bills next week