AZ House Speaker releases report on sexual harassment allegations against State Rep. Don Shooter
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Arizona State House Speaker J.D. Mesnard has released an investigative report on sexual harassment allegations involving State Representatives Don Shooter (R) and Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R).
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According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the report concluded there is "credible evidence" that State Rep. Shooter violated State House policy against sexual harassment. The same statement also states the report "did not find credible evidence" that State Rep. Ugenti-Rita violated State House policy.
State House Speaker Mesnard, according to the statement, outlined several actions, including the removal of State Rep. Shooter from all committee assignments, effective immediately, as well as the introduction of a censure motion against State Rep. Shooter.
State House Speaker Mesnard said the incident has cast a dark cloud over the legislature.
"They involve crude jokes and disgusting comments, all of which I find unbecoming of a member, and deserving of a censure, which is why I proposed it," said Mesnard.
In addition, the statement said State House Speaker Mesnard will, among other remedial actions:
State Rep. Shooter responds
State Rep. Shooter released his own statement on the report, shortly after the report's release. It reads:
Democratic leader responds
The Democratic leader in the State House, Rebecca Rios, also responded to the report.