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Rep. Justin Moed accused of sexting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – State Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, is identified on a website called as a sexting partner with Sydney Leathers, the woman from southern Indiana who was tied to a sexting scandal involving New York politician Anthony Weiner in 2013.

The New York Post reported last week that Leathers was sexting with “a Democratic state lawmaker from the Midwest.” The Post quotes Leathers as saying that the lawmaker responded to an ad seeking a “submissive.” He used an alias but sent a payment through a Paypal account, according to the Post.

In the time since,, the same website that broke the Weiner story, has published naked pictures of a man it identifies as Moed as well as photos of gifts that were sent to Leathers with messages from Amazon that say, “A gift from Justin Moed.” One of those gifts is a collar with a leash.

Moed released a statement through the Bose Public Affairs Group:

“I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down.”

Moed was not at the Statehouse Tuesday and had not responded to a phone message from 24-Hour News 8 as of Tuesday afternoon.

A House Democratic spokesman had no comment.