Minnesota Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator who also works as a police officer has been placed on administrative duty by his police department until allegations of sexual harassment are resolved.
the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove said Thursday that Officer Dan Schoen would be on administrative duty until the state investigates the allegations. The city's statement said it knew of no allegations against Schoen involving his police duties.
State Sen. Dan Schoen is accused of behavior ranging from unwanted attention to women to physically grabbing a woman from behind. The online news outlet MinnPost first reported the allegations against the Democrat late Wednesday.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says a state senator accused of sexual harassment should resign.
Dayton says the reports are "totally unacceptable" and that Schoen should resign immediately.
The party's leader in the Senate, Tom Bakk, also says Schoen should step down.
Schoen says the allegations are false.
ST. PAUL (AP) - Several of Minnesota's top Democrats are calling on state Sen. Dan Schoen to resign after accusations he sexually harassed women in state politics.
Schoen is a Democrat from St. Paul Park. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, Rep. Erin Murphy and state Auditor Rebecca Otto all issued statements Wednesday night calling for Schoen to resign. That followed a report by MinnPost that Schoen had engaged in behavior ranging from unwanted attention to women to physically grabbing a woman from behind. One woman, Lindsey Port, told MinnPost that Schoen told her she had a good body for door-knocking when she was running for the Legislature in 2015, and later grabbed her behind. Schoen says the allegations are false.
The 42-year-old Schoen is also a police officer. He served two House terms before winning his Senate seat last year.