Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Jack Latvala Resigns In Wake Of Report

Jack Latvala Resigns In Wake Of Report

The Senate has appropriately turned those allegations over to law enforcement, and it also should send testimony from women who told a second investigator that Latvala repeatedly attempted intimate physical contact in exchange for help on their legislative issues.

"I have never intentionally dishonored my family, my constituents, or the Florida Senate", Latvala wrote in the letter. Even though I have spent my entire career helping women advance in public service, such as the l4 current female judges in the Sixth Circuit whose campaigns I ran, my political adversaries have latched onto this effort to rid our country of sexual harassment to try to rid the Florida Senate of me. Jack Latvala may have reached the level of sexual assault, a retired judge concluded in a Special Master's report delivered to the legislature on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports.

In his letter of resignation, Latvala maintains his innocence saying, "the charges in the original complaint are fabrications". There are now two separate Senate reports investigating the sexual misconduct allegations that were made public against Latvala, with the process ultimately leading to fellow senators making a determination about his future in the legislative body.

"Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign", Scott said in a released statement. "If this is the process our Party and Senate leadership desires, then I have no interest in continuing to serve with you". While Latvala could have proceeded to a hearing before the Senate Rules Committee, the totality of the report and the explosive allegations by the former lobbyist that he sought sex in return for legislative action make it clear he could not remain in office.

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The investigation began after a complaint filed by Rachel Perrin Rogers, a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson.

She testified Latvala "placed his hands up her dress, touched the outside of her underwear at her vaginal area, her buttocks, and her breast". He made no mention of his candidacy for governor.

Perrin Rogers' attorney said in a press release that the report confirms that Latvala created a hostile work environment for Perrin Rogers, and she criticized him for trying to undermine Perrin Rogers during the investigation.

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