California Assemblywoman Cleared Of Groping Charges, Still On The Hook For Vulgar Language Misconduct

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A California assemblywoman was cleared of groping charges, but she is still on the hook for using vulgar language, according to the Los Angeles Times Friday.

Cristina Garcia, a one-time vocal member of the “#MeToo” movement, will return to work Monday after leaving her position for three months during an investigation for allegedly groping a male colleague in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported. While Garcia is cleared of those allegations, she is still accused of violating the chamber’s sexual harassment policy due to using vulgar language. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon will remove Garcia for all committee memberships upon her return. She will be forced to undergo sensitivity training, Capitol Public Radio reported.

“I want to assure everyone that I have learned from this experience and will do everything in my power to make amends for my past,” Garcia said in a statement. “I know that I can only effectively serve my constituents if staff and my colleagues feel comfortable and respected on the job.”

David Kernick, one of Garcia’s former staffers, claimed the politician wanted him to play spin the bottle with her.

Garcia, previously a leader in the “#MeToo” movement, called on three male lawmakers to resign due to sexual misconduct allegations. She also appeared at the Women’s March in California. (RELATED: ‘#MeToo’ California Leader Makes State Legislature Seem Like A Frat House)

Garcia also previously admitted to making derogatory remarks about gay men and Asians. She is seeking re-election in June.
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