New allegations of sexual misconduct have emerged against Senator Paul LeVota (D-Independence). In a statement from Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) Thursday, he says “since the release of Wednesday’s Workplace Harassment Report, new information has come to light which bears further investigation by the Senate.”
A report released Wednesday details a former female intern in LeVota’s office claiming LeVota made sexual advances toward her. The Kansas City Star reports that a second former intern in his office claims he also propositioned her. LeVota has denied the allegations. A call to LeVota’s office by Missourinet has not been returned.
Fellow Democrat Senator Jill Schupp says she hopes LeVota will do the right thing.
“If found to be true, the Senator needs to step down. If the Senator believes he should step down now because they are true, I think that would be appropriate too.”
Schupp says she’s disappointed by the allegations.
“We know sometimes this kind of behavior occurs in Jefferson City. It’s inappropriate, just as it would be inappropriate in any business or workplace anywhere else,” says Schupp.
In a press release from Governor Nixon, he suggested LeVota should resign.
“Even as facts continue to emerge, the allegations against Sen. LeVota to date are deeply troubling and raise serious questions about his ability to continue to serve his constituents. Sexual harassment must not be tolerated.”
In Senator Dempsey’s statement, he also said LeVota has been removed from the Senate’s Rules and Ethics committee. Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) will replace LeVota on the committee.
LeVota is married and has two daughters.
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