In a time where many people are speaking out concerning sexual harassment and misconduct we have a twist in accusations. This is one of the first time we have seen a woman be accused of sexual misconduct with their male staffer.
According to 10TV
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature’s widening sexual misconduct scandal now includes allegations against a Democratic lawmaker known for her fierce advocacy on women’s issues, including an anti-sexual harassment movement that began sweeping the Capitol last fall. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said Thursday she’ll fully cooperate with an investigation into an allegation she groped a 25-year-old man who worked for another lawmaker in 2014.
Daniel Fierro alleges that she stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch in the dugout after a legislative softball game. Garcia said she doesn’t recall the incident.
Fierro didn’t report it at the time but in January told his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who reported it to Assembly leaders. Speaker Anthony Rendon confirmed an investigation is underway on Thursday, after Politico first reported it.
“I trust that while the investigation proceeds Assemblymember Garcia will respond appropriately and in a way that fortifies the Legislature’s effort to create a new climate,” he said in a statement.
Garcia is the latest lawmaker, and the first woman, in the California Legislature to face accusations following the #MeToo movement, which began last fall as a social media campaign used by millions to tell personal experiences with sexual harassment.”