In an effort to dismiss the scandal, Rekers told the Miami New Times that he simply hired his traveling companion to carry his luggage. After a few hours of reflection, he came up with a more ludicrous argument: he was merely trying to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his rented boy toy. Apparently, the closet works in mysterious ways!
UPDATE: In a convoluted post on his website, Rekers denies having sex with his rented boy. He does not deny, however, meeting his companion on Rent Boy, which is unmistakably a gay prostitution website. Here is the full text of his strained response (h/t CBS News):
A recent article in an alternative newspaper cleverly gave false impressions of inappropriate behavior because of its misleading innuendo, incorrectly implying that Professor George Rekers used the Rentboy website to hire a prostitute to accompany him on a recent trip. Contrary to Internet stories based on this slanderous article, following medical advice Professor George Rekers requires an assistant to lift his luggage in his travels because of an ongoing condition following surgery. His family, local friends, and even another university professor colleague have offered to accompany him on trips to lift luggage. Professor Rekers was not involved in any illegal or sexual behavior with his travel assistant (italics added).Generally saying that something is misleading without specifically pointing out "how" is a clear sign of deceit.