Senator accused of misconduct steps away from committee chairship


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.  

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