Embattled Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

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

Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday, one day after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual harassment, as well as allegations that he offered to support legislation in exchange for sexual favors.

Jack Latvala continued to deny any wrongdoing in a letter to state Senate President Joe Negron (R) announcing he would step down January 5, The Associated Press reported. "An internal investigation pursuant to Senate Rules, referral to the Florida Commission on Ethics, and/or some other appropriate mechanism of investigation of the alleged ethics violations is also recommended", Swanson concluded. Even though I have spent my entire career helping women advance in public service, such as the l4 current female judges in the Sixth Circuit whose campaigns I ran, my political adversaries have latched onto this effort to rid our country of sexual harassment to try to rid the Florida Senate of me.

"Unfortunately, except in one instance where there were third party witnesses, the Special Master took the word of the accuser over mine on every count", Latvala continues, referring to the report released Tuesday.

Latvala has maintained that the charges against him are fabrications.

"I have had enough".

Wednesday morning Gov. Rick Scott called on Latvala to resign.

"Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign", Gov. Scott said.

Before his resignation, several top state officials - including Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi - called on Latvala to resign.

She said on many occasions, Latvala would comment on her appearance by saying she looked "hot" and would stare at her chest as she tried to talk about legislative issues with him.

She testified Latvala "placed his hands up her dress, touched the outside of her underwear at her vaginal area, her buttocks, and her breast". The report said the allegations were backed up by text messages that were not included in the document.

"Senator Latvala made the right decision", Negron said in a statement released by his office.

"It has been my honor to serve my constituents in the Tampa Bay area in the Florida Senate for 15 of the last 23 years", Latvala's letter says.

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

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