Sen. Jack Latvala Announces Resignation Following 'Probable Cause' in Sexual Harassment Probe

Sen. Jack Latvala Announces Resignation Following 'Probable Cause' in Sexual Harassment Probe

Sen. Jack Latvala Announces Resignation Following 'Probable Cause' in Sexual Harassment Probe

Latvala, 66, is a 16-year veteran of the Senate and a Republican candidate for governor looking to replace the term-limited Scott next year. "My political adversaries have latched onto this effort to rid our country of sexual harassment to try to rid the Florida Senate of me".

A special master's report released Tuesday found probable cause that Sen.

A Florida Senate investigation into Latvala finds a complaint he inappropriately touched a woman on several occasions is likely true. There are now two separate Senate reports investigating the sexual misconduct allegations that were made public against Latvala, with the process ultimately leading to fellow senators making a determination about his future in the legislative body.

"Ms. [redacted] testified that between 2015 and 2017, Senator Latvala touched and groped her in an unwelcome manner every time she went to his office, and that she believed tolerating such behavior was part of her job as a lobbyist", the report said.

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for Sen. "Resigning is the best thing he can do now for his constituents, colleagues and the state", Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement released Wednesday morning. The letter, obtained by the Miami Herald, says, "I have had enough".

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The complaint was filed by Rachel Perrin Rogers, a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson. She said he "intimated to her on multiple occasions, that if she engaged in sexual acts or allowed him to touch her body in a sexual manner he would support legislative items for which she was lobbying", Swanson wrote.

She said on many occasions, Latvala would comment on her appearance by saying she looked "hot" and would stare at her chest as she tried to talk about legislative issues with him.

Latvala's departure comes after two Senate reports investigating misconduct allegations were made public, setting up a review by fellow senators that could have resulted in his expulsion.

"I felt it was something he felt entitled to", she noted, while supplying text messages from Latvala along with her testimony.

The investigations were triggered by a Politico report in November detailing allegations by six anonymous women of sexual misconduct and harassment by Latvala. His resignation letter made no mention of the campaign.

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