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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Back At Work After Being Cleared Of Groping Charge

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, right, is hugged by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, on her first day back in the Assembly since an investigation into sexual misconduct charges, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Sacramento.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

(AP) — Embattled California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is back on the Assembly floor for the first time since an investigation found allegations she groped a male staffer unsubstantiated.

The Los Angeles-area Democrat was greeted with hugs by a few Democratic lawmakers after she entered the chamber Friday. Meanwhile in the gallery, some women affiliated with an effort to oust Garcia wore shirts that spelled out "RESIGN."

Garcia took a three-month leave of absence after the groping allegation and other claims of inappropriate behavior surfaced. Outside investigators cleared her of the groping claim but found she used vulgar language in violation of the Assembly's sexual harassment policy.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has stripped Garcia of her committee assignments and is requiring Garcia to attend sensitivity training and a session about sexual harassment policy.

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