Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Congressman leading charge against assault settles own misconduct case

Congressman leading charge against assault settles own misconduct case

Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan, who has driven the charge in Congress to battle sexual mishandle, utilized a huge number of citizen dollars to settle an inappropriate behavior guarantee made a year ago by a previous associate, as per a New York Times report.

Last year, Meehan reportedly expressed his romantic desires for one of his aides, who was decades younger than him, on multiple occasions.

According to the Times's report, Meehan's aide initially went to the congressman in 2016 to report that a senior male member of his staff had professed his attraction to her.

After filing the complaint, Rep. Meehan was represented in the investigative process by two staffers from his congressional office and two lawyers for the House's office of employment counsel.

Two have resigned: Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, and John Conyers Jr., Democrat of MI.

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The Pennsylvania Republican is the latest in a series of lawmakers who have settled misconduct complaints or been forced out of office over sexual harassment allegations. After leaving the lawmaker's office, she moved back in with her parents and then moved overseas, the Times said.

Meehan worked with assault victims as a prosecutor in Pennsylvania and continued that work in Congress, being a proclaimed "leader in the effort to protect the victims of brutal crimes such as sexual assault", according to his congressional website.

Meehan, 62, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County District Attorney, and now member of the House Ethics Committee, which has initiated investigations into sexual misconduct claims, has been accused of professing romantic desires for the staffer, and then reacting in hostility after being rebuffed. She later reached a confidential agreement with Meehan's office that included a settlement for an undisclosed amount to be paid from Meehan's congressional office fund. Those familiar with the payout said it was thousands of dollars. Meehan allegedly wrote a handwritten letter professing his sexual interest in his staff member.

The statement went on, saying that Meehan continues to call for "real reform to the process for resolving complaints so that those who are truly wronged are given a fair forum to be heard and vindicated, and those accused are provided with an ability to respond to baseless accusations".

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