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4 California lawmakers accused of misconduct; none punished

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Four present California lawmakers have confronted sexual misconduct proceedings since 2006, in line with paperwork launched Friday through the state Legislature.

All have been informed to observe their habits, starting from beside the point feedback to undesirable touching, however none have been officially disciplined, the paperwork display.

They are Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Los Angeles, Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, close to LA, and Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg of LA.

The paperwork, launched in keeping with media shops’ requests for data, provides the fullest image but of sexual harassment and misconduct in California’s Capitol. Until now, names of lawmakers dealing with allegations have been best made public if the sufferers selected to talk out.

Sexual misconduct within the California Capitol grabbed the highlight in October when just about 150 ladies printed a letter announcing such habits is pervasive and frequently is going unchecked. It got here amid a countrywide wave of allegations towards males in politics, Hollywood and in different places.

Mendoza used to be suspended closing week amid an investigation into accusations of beside the point habits towards younger ladies who labored for him. One complained in 2010 that he made her uncomfortable through sending her textual content messages unrelated to paintings, in line with the paperwork.

Allen, who's operating for governor, is accused of inappropriately touching a feminine workforce member in early 2013, in line with a closely redacted criticism. He mentioned he didn't recall the incident, in line with the paperwork.

Burke stated taking part in an beside the point dialogue about anal intercourse after a criticism used to be filed closing yr, the paperwork display. The Assembly’s human assets director mentioned the inappropriateness of the dialog and the wish to deal with a qualified workplace atmosphere, however there didn't seem to be different punishment. Burke mentioned she took complete duty.

Hertzberg used to be accused of grabbing a workforce member, dancing and making a song to her in 2015. His spokeswoman, Katie Hanzlik, didn't straight away remark.

The paperwork won't supply a complete scope of harassment through lawmakers and senior workforce individuals. Critics of the gadget say many ladies don’t record misconduct for concern of non-public retaliation.

Legislative workforce individuals don’t have protections if they arrive ahead, even though a measure slated to move Monday would trade that.

Two former lawmakers, Raul Bocanegra and Rod Wright, are also named within the paperwork. Bocanegra, who used to be a workforce member on the time of the criticism, resigned overdue closing yr as extra allegations emerged.


Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson contributed reporting.


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