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California Lawmaker Reprimanded For Sexual Comments

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

(AP) — California Assemblyman Devon Mathis was reprimanded last month for making sexual comments, including about fellow lawmakers.

A letter from the Assembly Rules Committee released Wednesday says Mathis' comments violated the chamber's sexual harassment policy.

Mathis, a Visalia Republican, says the conversation in question happened about four years ago and that he's apologized. He says the Assembly found "no wrongdoing of any sexual misconduct."

The letter says another misconduct claim was unsubstantiated but doesn't give more details.

Mathis's office says the unsubstantiated allegation stemmed from a political blog post accusing Mathis of sexual assault based on an anonymous interview with someone who claimed to have knowledge of it. The Sacramento Police Department did not file charges.

A spokesman for the Assembly speaker says Mathis will be required to complete sensitivity training.

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