Texas state sen Charles Schwertner is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages and photos to a University of Texas graduate student.
Texas state sen Charles Schwertner doubled down on his denial of sending sexually explicit messages to a student, by the employment of legal counsel, reported on Wednesday in the midst of his re-election campaign, The Dallas Morning News.
Reports emerged on Tuesday that the GOP candidates and practicing orthopedist had allegedly texted a student at the University of Texas say, “I just really want to f— you,” in addition to send a picture of his genitals.
The woman said she Schwertner, a UT alumnus had met during an on-campus event and expressed interest in the work in the Parliament. The woman reported Schwertner, of the University after the alleged exchange, according to unnamed school officials. The woman was not named in the report.
TEXAS STATE SENATOR ACCUSED OF SENDING SEXUAL MESSAGES AND PHOTOS, GRAD STUDENT
Schwertner, 48, has denied the woman’s claims. In a joint statement, Schwertner lawyers said, “We have spent hours and hours with Senator Schwertner and others in relation to these claims. Senator Schwertner will not send inappropriate texts, as alleged. Period.”
Women need to feel safe in school, work, home, and the Texas Capitol. Women need to be accepted and to hear when these incidents occur, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a boss, the friend, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee, or Texas-state senator.
– Meg Walsh
In the meantime, Schwertner Democratic Challenger, Meg Walsh, was quick to link the Senator to the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is mired in sexual assault allegations from three women before his Friday the confirmation.
“Like most Texas women, I have said bullying at the workplace in my entire career,” Walsh. “Women need to feel safe in school, work, home, and the Texas Capitol. Women need to be accepted and to hear when these incidents occur, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a boss, the friend, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee, or Texas-state senator.”
Lt. Gov., Dan Patrick accused UT officials of the “potentially compromising the integrity of a serious investigation” by contacting the media.
“I urge the University to your request in a professional manner, protecting the privacy of the two parties,” says Patrick.
Schwertner lawyers insisted to keep the public judgment “to (Schwertner) is the opportunity for a fair process to occur.”
She said Schwertner was clear “in contact with the University of Texas, the matter.” The University said it will ban the GOP senator from the campus if the allegations are true.
I call on the University to fill your request in a professional manner, protecting the privacy rights of both parties.
– Lieutenant Gov., Dan Patrick
Schwertner was elected to the state House in 2010 and the Senate in 2012. He will Walsh in the November mid-term elections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.