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Aide to Antigay Campaigner Arrested in Hustler Sting

Advocate, July 26, 2000

A close aide to the man who is leading the fight to retain an antigay law on the books in the United Kingdom has been arrested for trying to solicit a hustler from what turned out to be a police sting operation, The [London] Evening Standard reports. Barry Hinckley was arrested in Houston for asking for "a black male" to be sent to his hotel room. The man arrived at Hinckley’s hotel and discussed payment for sexual services with Hinckley. He then identified himself as an undercover police officer and arrested Hinckley for solicitation. Police had set up the fake escort agency as part of a sting operation. Hinckley, 51, is married and the father of three. He serves as head of bus operations for Stagecoach, which is run by Brian Souter. Souter has bankrolled the effort to retain Section 28, a law that bans the "promotion" of homosexuality in the schools. Hinckley pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been released on bail.

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