Senate Democrats investigate sexual misconduct claim against Sen. Leach

Pennsylvania

Senate Democrats have launched a sexual assault investigation against Sen. Daylin Leach, according to a published report.

The investigation is into a claim that the Montgomery County Democrat sexually assaulted a 17-year-old Lehigh County girl in 1991, according to the PennLive.com report.

Leach was representing the teen’s mother in a criminal case at the time, the story said.

Leach denies the claim and says he plans to file a defamation lawsuit “against leaders of an effort to defame him.”

“Everyone involved, including myself, will testify under oath and the truth will be revealed,” he said in a statement to ABC27 News. “Further, I am prepared to take whatever additional legal steps are necessary to clear my name.”

Leach said a small group of about six to eight people has been showing up at his events, screaming obscenities, and “holding up horrific and defamatory signs.”

“They, led by a convicted perjurer, are also posting provably false stories on social media, circulating them to my colleagues, and demanding that I be uninvited to events,” he said in the statement.

The article followed reports that Dauphin County prosecutors are investigating allegations a western Pennsylvania lawmaker, state Rep. Brian Ellis, had sex with a woman when she was unable to consent.

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

Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jen Storm said she is working with the victim. Storm said the woman believes she was drugged.

Ellis did not return calls seeking comment, did not reply to emails seeking an interview, and did not respond to a letter delivered to his offices, LNP reported.

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