LeVota Resigns From Missouri Legislature Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Jul 24, 2015

Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota announced Friday he will resign from the Legislature, following allegations he sexually harassed two college interns.

LeVota, a Democrat from Independence, maintained his innocence in the announcement on Facebook: "As I stated before, I did not engage in harassment of any intern in the Missouri Senate and an investigation found no proof of misconduct."

LeVota says he's stepping down because "the media attention is a distraction to doing the people’s work."

LeVota's resignations is effective Aug. 23. He writes, "It is important to finalize all issues in my office and to allow the governor the ability to immediately call for a special election to fill my seat."