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Lawmaker's resignation doesn't end committee probe

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky 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.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo appointed five lawmakers to investigate and recommend what action, if any, should be taken against Arnold.

Stumbo said censure could be in the form of a reprimand, even a fine.

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