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Rep. John Arnold resigns after accusations of sexual harassment

by Associated Press


Posted on September 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 3:59 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- An embattled lawmaker who had been accused of sexual harassment by legislative staffers has resigned.
   Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday.
   The resignation came just days ahead of the first meeting of a special legislative committee that's investigating the charges against Arnold. The panel was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, and could have ultimately recommended Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.
   In the complaints, two female legislative workers alleged that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and had made vulgar comments.
   Arnold hasn't publicly responded to the allegations. He didn't return a phone call to his legislative office Friday.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo released the following statement Friday afternoon: “The resignation of Rep. John Arnold does not change the fact that the House has appointed a special committee of investigation, and the only thing that will change is that the members will not have to make a recommendation of potential disciplinary action.  We look forward to that committee beginning its work and providing feedback to the House.”

To read Arnold's resignation letter click here.