Jack Latvala resigns from Florida Senate amid corruption allegations

Florida GOP state senator investigated for 'quid pro quo' of sexual intimacy for 'support of legislative initiatives'

Gov. Rick Scott: Latvala should resign

"Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign", Scott said Wednesday. The Senate has appropriately turned those allegations over to law enforcement, and it also should send testimony from women who told a second investigator that Latvala repeatedly attempted intimate physical contact in exchange for help on their legislative issues.

A November report form Politico first detailed allegations from Rachel Perrin Rogers, an aide to Senate GOP Leader Wilton Simpson of Trilby, Florida.

He claimed that his enemies have latched on to the #MeToo movement "to rid our country of sexual harassment to try to rid the Florida Senate of me".

The special master said that though Latvala had been through sexual harassment training, he did not recognize that those types of comments were offensive and recommended Latavala be sanctioned for violating Senate rules. I have maintained that the charges in the original complaint are fabrications and say that still today.

Perrin Rogers filed the complaint last month with the Senate Rules Committee, which then hired Swanson to conduct the investigation and make recommendations. However, his smear tactic failed when another accuser, a former Senate aide and lobbyist, came forward to say that Latvala had groped her and promised to vote for whatever she wanted to if she'd have sex with him. But, I have had enough.

A former lobbyist whose name was redacted in the released copy of Swanson's report said Latvala would touch her inappropriately, including touching the outside of her bra and panties, every time they were alone in his office. "If this is the process our Party and Senate leadership desires, then I have no interest in continuing to serve with you".

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for Sen.

Before his resignation, several top state officials - including Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi - called on Latvala to resign. He said he would not comment further.

She said Latvala inappropriately touched her in an elevator, at a private club and other occasions. His resignation letter made no mention of the campaign. The report said the allegations were backed up by text messages that were not included in the document.

A state Senate investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Florida Sen.

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