Wolf calls on 2 lawmakers to resign amid sexual assault claims

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Governor Tom Wolf is calling on state Rep. Brian Ellis and state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign.

House Republicans on Friday also stripped Ellis of his chairmanship of the Consumer Affairs Committee.

Ellis, a Blair County Republican, is accused of having sex with an incapacitated woman against her will at his Harrisburg residence in 2015.

Senate Democrats are investigating a claim that Leach coerced a 17-year-old Lehigh County girl to perform sexual acts in 1991 – before the Democrat represented Montgomery and Delaware counties.

Victim advocates say both cases are reminders that Pennsylvania still needs to put a uniform protocol in place to deal with allegations against lawmakers.

The Dauphin County district attorney’s office is investigating the allegations against Ellis.

“She did seek medical attention the next day, and she’s just weighing her options right now and truly trying to protect other women,” said Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania’s victim advocate.

Storm says she’s been working with the accuser. She says Ellis performed a horrific sexual assault while the woman was drugged. The woman is a state employee who does not work for Ellis, according to published reports.

Storm said she couldn’t comment on who drugged the woman.

We’ve continued to reach out to Ellis, who will not do an interview.

House Republican leaders wouldn’t speak on camera but released a statement saying they have been in contact with Capitol Police to add safety measures.

Senate Democrats, who also said they were not available to speak on camera, are using outside counsel to investigate the claims against Leach.

“There have been a few women who have had concerns and allegations against him,” said Storm.

Leach sent ABC27 a statement saying that in the next couple of days, he is filing a defamation lawsuit. 

“Everyone involved, including myself, will testify under oath and the truth will be revealed. Further, I am prepared to take whatever additional legal steps are necessary to clear my name,” he said.

“We have to make sure that there’s room for acceptance and support for these individuals who are choosing to come forward,” said Storm.

Lawmakers are scheduled to be in session on Monday.

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