First Lawmaker to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

November 27, 2017Nov 27, 2017

Raul Bocanegra is the most recent lawmaker who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Multiple allegations against Bocanegra have come to light since last month, which has now led to his recent resignation. 

The California Assemblyman officially resigned on Monday. His resignation makes him the first lawmaker to leave office after being accused of harassment.

After the Thanksgiving weekend, Bocanegra decided to leave his position immediately as more reports have surfaced. He had originally stated that he wouldn't seek re-election and would instead leave at the end of the next legislative session.

His office released a statement denying all of the allegations. His statement went on to say: "I am admittedly not perfect."

"I believed in our system of 'innocent until proven guilty' and that the truth would come out clearing my name and reputation," Bocanegra wrote. "But clearly, the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty' has been temporarily lost in a hurricane of political opportunism among the self-righteous in my case - to the detriment of both the accuser and the accused."

According to the L.A. Times, Bocanegra has been accused of misconduct over a period of years. News of the inappropriate conduct broke when Elise Gyore, a legislative staff member, reported an incident involving him. The only disciple Bocanegra received at that time was a warning to stay away from her.

Similar reports of groping or kissing multiple women without their consent, following the 2009 incident, have also recently been making news headlines. 

Bocanegra isn't the only lawmaker whose name has come into the media following sexual harassment charges. Amid the outbreak of allegations, Bocanegra has announced his resignation right around the time The Senate Rules Committee had scheduled to remove Senator Tony Mendoza as committee chairman due to his misconduct.

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