Sex criminal #TonyMendoza sues, claims other legislators are sexual predators too

Screenshot 2018-02-16 at 07.51.21.pngSuspended Sen. Tony Mendoza filed a lawsuit against the state Senate, saying it and his ex-roommate Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León violated his constitutional rights to due process and equal protection by ousting him from his position pending an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Mendoza claims in his suit that 14 other elected officials — including six senators — are also under investigation and have not been suspended or ostracized by Senate leadership the way he has. He claims it’s because de León is running for U.S. Senate and distancing himself from an embarrassing connection to someone he was close to.

The Senate and Assembly have not said how many of their active investigations involve lawmakers or staffers. Leaders in both houses are trying to tamp down the incidents in the hopes this gigantic sex crime scandal just goes away.

In the lawsuit, Mendoza is demanding that he be reinstated immediately.

At least two harassment complaints have been filed against Mendoza. In one case, Mendoza’s staff complained last year that the senator repeatedly invited a young Sacramento State University fellow to his home and hotel during events. In another case, an Assembly investigation substantiated allegations that he behaved inappropriately with a subordinate when he was an Assemblyman in 2009 by hugging her and inviting her to one-on-one lunches and dinners. He has denied wrongdoing in each case.

 

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