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First Name Emerges In Capitol Sexual Harassment Scandal

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

In this May 4, 2017 file photo, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol. A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event eight years ago.
 
Bocanegra was a Capitol staffer himself back in 2009 when Elise Flynn Gyore says he put his hand down her blouse at an after-work event at Mix Nightclub in downtown Sacramento. She filed a complaint with the Assembly the next day.
 
After an outside investigation, the Assembly barred Bocanegra from communicating with Gyore. But he kept his job, and he won his own Assembly seat in 2012.
 
Gyore told her story publicly for the first time Friday to the Los Angeles Times. In a statement, Bocanegra apologized for what he called an “unfortunate experience” and said he’s learned from it.

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