A Missouri state lawmaker who allegedly had sex with an intern and threatened a staffer to not report the encounter has been formally censured.
The Republican-led Missouri Home of Representatives voted 140-Three to formally denounce Rep. Wiley Worth IV, a Democrat who represents elements of St. Louis, on Wednesday after he refused to resign for allegedly having sex with an intern final January following a celebration at a bar in Jefferson Metropolis, the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch reported.
The transfer to censure Worth comes one month after a Missouri Home of Representatives Ethics Committee report alleged he informed a legislative aide that he had consensual sex with the intern, insisting there was “nothing fallacious” with the encounter — which is forbidden by Home coverage.
Worth additionally informed the aide to say that one other witness was mistaken concerning the alleged sexual relationship, telling the lady it was her “mess” to repair.
The Missouri Home has by no means earlier than censured certainly one of its members, the Put up-Dispatch reported. Only one lawmaker had been expelled greater than a century in the past — and an effort to make Worth the second fell wanting a crucial two-thirds majority, in accordance with the report.
“We shouldn’t stand by and let [Price] get away with this,” Rep. Jered Taylor, a Republican from Nixa, mentioned whereas suggesting expelling the Democrat.
Democrats countered that the transfer to expel Worth was misguided because the bipartisan Ethics Committee voted unanimously final month to ban him from management positions and strip him of his committee assignments if he didn’t resign.
Worth, who has denied having sex with the intern, mentioned on the Home ground Wednesday that he “fallacious” for mendacity to an investigator about having the intern’s telephone quantity.
“Clearly I’m pissed off by these proceedings, however I apologize to my mates and my colleagues for even placing us on this place,” the lawmaker mentioned.
As a part of Wednesday’s motion, Worth, who was elected in 2018, gained’t be capable of serve in a management position or to have an intern transferring ahead. He additionally has to pay $22,500 for investigative prices, the Put up-Dispatch reported.