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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation

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Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s top Senate leader says state Senator Paul LeVota has submitted his resignation following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said he received a resignation letter from the 47-year-old Democrat from Independence on Friday. Dempsey says the resignation is effective August […]

Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s top Senate leader says state Senator Paul LeVota has submitted his resignation following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said he received a resignation letter from the 47-year-old Democrat from Independence on Friday. Dempsey says the resignation is effective August 23rd.

That follows the release Wednesday of an internal Senate investigation into a sexual harassment claim against LeVota by an intern this year. A second intern then came forward claiming LeVota invited her to his apartment and sent her inappropriate texts in 2010.

LeVota has denied the claims and previously had said he had no plans to resign.

Missouri’s two top Democrats, Governor Jay Nixon and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, said Thursday that the allegations called into question LeVota’s ability to serve.

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