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Man Who Claimed Lawmaker Groped Him Appeals Assembly Investigation

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

The former California legislative staffer who alleged that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia cornered and groped him after the 2014 legislative softball game is appealing an Assembly investigation that did not substantiate his complaint.

A letter from an attorney for Danny Fierro says the outside lawyer hired by the Assembly did not interview several witnesses — including his boss at the time, Assemblyman Ian Calderon.

The investigator’s report did not substantiate the most severe complaints against her. But it did find that she used vulgar language around staff, used staff for personal matters, and spoke disparagingly about other Assembly members. The vulgar language is a violation of the Assembly’s sexual harassment and violence prevention policy.

Garcia returned to the Legislature last week after taking a leave of absence during the investigation.

 Cristina Garcia

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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