COLUMBUS, OHIO, MAY 26 -- Rep. Donald E. (Buz) Lukens (R-Ohio) was convicted today of having sex with a 16-year-old girl whose mother accused the congressman of offering her a government job to buy her silence. Hours after the verdict, another Ohio congressman called for Lukens' resignation, but an aide predicted Lukens will seek reelection next year. "I think he should do the gentlemanly thing and resign," said Rep. Chalmers P. Wylie, the senior Republican in the Ohio delegation. A jury deliberated for 90 minutes before convicting Lukens of contributing to the delinquency and unruliness of a minor, stemming from an incident Nov. 6. The misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Lukens stood still, his hands pressed on the defense table and his mouth slightly open as Franklin County Domestic Relations Judge Ronald Solove read the verdict. The divorced congressman from Middletown was indicted Feb. 23, about three weeks after Columbus television station WSYX broadcast a secretly recorded videotape that appeared to show Lukens offering a job to Anna Coffman, the girl's mother. She had gone to the station to get help and agreed to the secret taping. On the tape, the woman asked Lukens why he was "messing around" with her daughter, Rosie. Lukens replied, "Well, first of all, I didn't really know she was a teen-ager." Toward the end of the tape, Lukens said, "Let me go back {to Washington} and see what there is part-time and . . . {inaudible} . . . . I don't know what, uh, the government has, but I can check and find out." Anna Coffman testified that the offer was to try to buy her silence, while Lukens called her charge an extortion attempt. A misdemeanor conviction does not automatically trigger an ethics committee investigation or bar a member from sitting in Congress. The committee has the option of investigating and recommending action such as censure. Solove delayed sentencing pending the completion of a presentence investigation. Lukens declined to comment on the verdict. William Jarrell, his chief of staff, said Lukens plans to make a statement next week. "The congressman will be spending some quiet time, speaking to family and friends to get a lot of opinion and advice," Jarrell said. "But I'll say this, we will be running." Lukens was first elected to the House in 1966, serving two terms before dropping out to make an unsuccessful bid for the Ohio governorship. After serving in the state House of Representatives, he returned to the U.S. House in 1987. Thomas Tyack, Lukens' attorney, said Lukens will appeal on the grounds that evidence about the girl's background was not presented to the jury. "The primary grounds will be the exclusion of Ms. Coffman's juvenile record, Children Services file and school records, which were critical to our case," he said. "I also found evidence of reverse discrimination, which may be cited in the appeal." The girl is black; Lukens white. Neither the girl nor her mother was in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Assistant prosecutor Rita Mangini said Lukens contributed to the girl's unruliness and delinquency by giving her alcohol, paying for her cab to his apartment and having sex with her when he knew she was under age.