Ethics panel says Rep. Rick Staples violated sexual harassment rule

Posted at 4:59 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 17:59:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker has been instructed to take "preventative action" after a House ethics panel found he violated the General Assembly's sexual harassment policy.

House Speaker Glen Casada's office received a letter from the House Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Subcommittee on April 1, which said the panel had reviewed complaints against Rep. Rick Staples.

The Associated Press has since obtained a copy of the letter. In it, the subcommittee directed the Knoxville Democrat to take actions to ensure the violation does not happen again and to report back to the subcommittee.

On April 4, Staples told reporters he was sorry for having his behavior possibly misinterpreted after being accused of sexual misconduct, but denied he was under investigation.