Report: Pennsylvania lawmaker investigated for alleged assault


Dauphin County prosecutors are investigating allegations that a Pennsylvania lawmaker had sex with a woman when she was unable to consent, according to published reports.

ABC27 News media partner LNP and the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, reported that state Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) is accused of having the sex with the woman at his Harrisburg residence in 2015 while she was incapacitated.

The reasons for her incapacitation are unknown.

Sources for the reports said the woman is a state employee who does not work for Ellis. She says Ellis told her about the sex the next morning. She said he pursued her before that, and she made it clear she did not want to be involved with him.

Ellis did not return calls seeking comment, and he did not respond to emails seeking an interview or a letter detailing the allegations that was delivered to his offices, LNP reported.

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