Freshman State Representative Roman LeBlanc, a Democrat from Kansas City, has announced he will not seek re-election.
“I have determined that seeking a second term as state representative for the 43rd District would not be in the best interest of my family or my community,” LeBlanc said in a written statement.
Rumors had been circling about LeBlanc for months. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd confirmed that his office had investigated a sexual encounter LeBlanc had had with an 18-year-old woman. The woman accused LeBlanc of raping her. Zahnd said that investigators found “insufficient evidence” that a crime had been committed. LeBlanc, who is 38, had mentored the college student.