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.