House Rep. Rick Staples Faces Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Knoxville Democratic Rep. Rick Staples is facing disciplinary action after an internal investigation determined he violated the legislature’s sexual harassment policy, the Tennessean reports. Staples is expected to be removed from the House Ethics Committee, to which Speaker Glen Casada appointed him in January. The woman who's complaint launched the investigation is involved in Democratic politics in the state and said Staples had made inappropriate remarks to her on previous occasions, and she decided to move forward with a complaint now since she said this time Staples touched her inappropriately.
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