LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former state Rep. John Arnold asked Franklin Circuit Court Monday to dismiss the Legislative Ethics Commission's decision that found him guilty of three ethics charges in a sexual harassment case.
Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, in Union County, wants the court to set aside his fine and reprimand by the commission.
He contended in his appeal that the commission did not have any jurisdiction over him as a former legislator and had no say over any sexual harassment regulations.
The commission had no immediate comment on Arnold's lawsuit.
On May 7, the commission, in its second hearing on the case, found Arnold guilty of three ethics charges in a case brought by three female legislative staffers who said he had touched them inappropriately.
On a vote of 5-1, the commission issued a $1,000 fine and a public reprimand on each charge.