SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An outside investigation has cleared a California assemblywoman of allegations that she groped a male staff member who worked for another lawmaker.
A Thursday letter from the Assembly Rules Committee to complainant Daniel Fierro says his allegation against Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia was not substantiated.
A spokesman for Garcia says she plans to return to work Monday.
The Los Angeles-area Democrat has been on voluntary leave since February when the claim went public. Fierro says he may appeal within the allowed 10-day window.
The investigation conducted by outside attorneys hired by the Assembly was not released.
A separate letter says investigators did find Garcia "commonly and pervasively" used vulgar language around staff, used staff to perform personal services and disparaged other elected officials.
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5/17/2018 6:39:41 PM (GMT -5:00)
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