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State workers describe sexual harassment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two employees of the House Democratic leadership have told an ethics panel that a former state representative sexually harassed them before he resigned over the allegations.

Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper testified Tuesday before the Legislative Ethics Commission that they were afraid to come to work because they did not know how former Democratic Rep. John Arnold would behave around them.

The commission is trying to decide if Arnold, who resigned last year, violated state ethics laws by abusing his position as a public official. The hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday afternoon.

Arnold has denied the allegations. He did not attend Tuesday's hearing. His attorney, Steve Downey, said Arnold has been diagnosed with dementia, which has affected his mental health.

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