Panel: Oregon Rep. Witt violated harassment rule with texts

Oregon

Rep. Brad Witt (PMG file photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state representative violated workplace rules against sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment with a series of texts to a fellow lawmaker in April, a House committee has found.

But Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that on Tuesday evening the House Conduct Committee found that, contrary to an allegation against him, Rep. Brad Witt did not intend to create a quid pro quo arrangement with Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson in which he would exchange his vote on a bill for a date or sexual favors.

The conduct committee did not discuss what an appropriate “remedy” for Witt’s violation would be. It will take up that matter at another hearing.

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