Lawyer: Las Vegas senator denies unwanted sexual advances claim

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Steve Marcus Nevada State Sen. Mark Manendo, displayed in a 2014 file photo, is rejecting a claim of unwanted sexual advances versus him presently under investigation.

Published Monday, May 8, 2017|11:28 a.m.

Updated 5 hours, 11 minutes ago

CARSON CITY– A longtime state legislator representing Las Vegas rejects a claim of unwanted sexual advances lodged versus him that is under examination, his attorney stated Monday.

Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo thinks he has not done anything incorrect and will be cleared, attorney Richard Wright stated in a phone interview.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford just recently directed the Legislature to conduct an independent examination of the claim, spokesperson Peter Koltak said. He decreased to supply specifics about the claims.

“We’re not going to discuss any details in order to let the investigation take its course,” Koltak stated in a declaration.

Wright stated he and Manendo likewise have actually not been supplied information about the accusation.

Manendo has actually served in the Nevada Legislature for 23 years and is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He’s known as an advocate for animals with know-how on transportation issues.

Manendo has actually co-sponsored about 10 percent of the 1,110 costs and resolutions presented during this year’s legislative session.

Manendo decreased to comment about the accusation other than to say he is taking it seriously.

Manendo was implicated in 2003 of sexually pestering legal interns.

He said he not hire an attorney throughout the probe of those claims. A legislative review discovered no proof of wrongdoing.

Unlike lots of state legislatures, Nevada lawmakers have actually adopted treatments for recording and responding to claims of harassment or other unlawful sexual misbehavior.

Lawmakers’ self-imposed guidelines need the Legislature to take “appropriate disciplinary or remedial action” if a “discreet and neutral” examination exposes misbehavior.

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