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Review of sexual harassment charges took 6 months

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman has told lawmakers his agency's review of sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker took six months.

Sherman, briefing legislative leaders on Wednesday, said he received two complaints against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis on Feb. 19, and that the review lasted until Aug. 27 when "final action" was taken.

Sherman declined to discuss that action publicly, citing confidentiality concerns in the case brought by legislative staffers. Those staffers complained that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed a special legislative committee to look into the complaints. That committee could recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion.

Arnold didn't immediately return a phone call to his legislative office Wednesday.


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