November 22, 2017 06:42 PM
Embattled Sen. Dan Schoen will resign from the state legislature, his attorney announced at a press conference Wednesday.
But that attorney, Paul Rogosheske, also used the forum to try to refute some of the allegations that have been leveled against the first-term senator and police officer with the Cottage Grove Police Department.
Several women came forward earlier this month, accusing Schoen of sexual harassment. Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL and Republican leadership in the legislature have called for his resignation.
"When you have the Governor, the Democratic leadership, the Republican leadership all calling for him to go, and you have people jumping to conclusions without any of the facts, it makes it hard to serve your district," Rogosheske said. "He came to the conclusion it just wasn't worth it."
Rogosheske said some of the allegations were brought forth to prevent him from running for state auditor.
He said DFL staff member Ellen Anderson, who said Schoen sent her photos of male genitalia through a social media platform, received a message meant for someone with whom Schoen was in an 'intimate' relationship by mistake.
And the picture was not of Schoen.
"Dan does that a lot," Rogosheske said. "He punched the wrong button and it goes to the wrong person."
Schoen himself was not at Wednesday's press conference. Rogosheske handed out a letter announcing his resignation. The resgination is effective Dec. 15.
"I am hurt by these allegations, but I take them seriously," the letter reads in part. "It was never my intention to make an inappropriate advance on anyone. Relationships - both social and collegial - can be hard to navigate, and tone is so often lost in written communication. Despite this, if any of my actions or words have ever made another person feel uncomfortable or harassed, I deeply regret it and truly apologize."
Updated: November 22, 2017 06:42 PM
Created: November 22, 2017 03:38 PM
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