Two legislative workers have filed a lawsuit accusing former state Rep. John Arnold of sexual harassment.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday by attorney Thomas Clay, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper say Arnold touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. Clay had said previously that he intended to file the suit on behalf of the women.
Arnold, who resigned as a lawmaker last month, has denied the allegations. He said in the resignation letter that he had been "destroyed politically" and could no longer be an effective voice for his constituents.
A Louisville attorney on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation into the former head of the Legislative Research Commission who told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he returned to the Capitol on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.
Thomas Clay wants state police or the attorney general's office to open a probe into what kind of documents former LRC Director Bobby Sherman destroyed.
"I'm very suspicious of what was shredded and why," said Clay, representing two legislative staffers who filed sexual harassment complaints that led to the resignation of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis earlier this month. "The circumstances suggest some outside agency should inquire about it."
A Union County lawmaker who resigned last week still faces the possibility of censure from his colleagues if allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers are proven.
An investigative committee pressed ahead Tuesday with an investigation into the conduct of former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis who announced his resignation in a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear last week.
Legislative workers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper alleged that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and had made vulgar comments. In the letter of resignation, Arnold said he doesn't believe he is guilty of sexual harassment.
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.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo will appoint a special committee to investigate sexual harassment complaints against a state lawmaker from Sturgis.
Stumbo filed a petition with the House clerk on Thursday a procedural move that allows the formation of the eight-member investigative committee that could recommend censure or expulsion of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold.
Arnold represents Union County as well as parts of Daviess and Henderson counties.
The move came on the heels of allegations filed this month by three legislative workers who claim that they were sexually harassed by Arnold. Arnold didn’t immediately return a phone call to his legislative office on Thursday.
Stumbo said the allegations against Arnold have become a distraction and that he knows of no other way to deal with the issue.