Congressional Staffer Caught in Internet Sex Sting

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    A New Jersey congressman has fired his chief of staff after the aide was arrested in Maryland on a charge of soliciting sex from a minor.

    Rep. Steve Rothman took the action after learning that Robert Decheine was among 11 people snared in a Gaithersburg police sting. Police placed ads on a website and an undercover officer communicated with customers through phone and text messages.

    Police said the 48-year-old was arrested on Nov. 17 after soliciting to have sex with an underage girl. Decheine was released on $15,000 bail.

    The Record newspaper reported Rothman's office issued a statement saying the New Jersey Democrat considers the alleged criminal act ”to be shocking, appalling and indefensible.”

    Decheine told the newspaper in an e-mail message he had no comment

    Decheine has run Rothmans Washington and New Jersey offices since May 2003.