State Sen. Daylin Leach has removed himself as minority chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee while he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
Leach (D-Delaware, Montgomery) said the committee potentially could take up legislation relevant to the battle he is fighting and he wants to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Leach said he will move over to chair a different committee where legislation considered is less likely to present the appearance of a conflict. He will remain at work on other committees.
Leach is accused of forcing a 17-year-old to perform sexual acts in 1991, before he was elected to the Legislature. Leach denies the allegation and has filed a defamation lawsuit against his accuser.
Governor Tom Wolf has called on Leach to step down.