Oregon state sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, speaks the state Capitol in Salem, ore., July 8, 2005.
One of the Oregon state legislature offered Wednesday to stay away from the state Capitol up to the conclusion of a formal hearing about the results that he touched indecent more than 10 women in the interior of the building.
After hours of debate, the Oregon Republican Senate group agreed to accept the offer from state sen. Jeff Kruse.
“The conduct in the alleged report, if true, is of course not acceptable, the Senate Republican caucus,” the statement says, the Oregonian,.
A four-member Committee on the implementation, consisting of two Republican and two Democratic senators, going to the investigative report, Feb. 22. Republican Sens. Bill Hansell, and Kim Thatcher, serve on the plate is recommended, if Kruse will be reprimanded, censured, expelled, or face no action.
Dian Rubanoff, an independent investigator and labor law, lawyer, issued a 51-page report, after an investigation. She found that Kruse also groped, or were, lingering hugs, two law students, who used to work for him, Republicans and non-party employees and a former legislative aide. The fees include the cost of calling a law student “sexy” and “little girl” and comment on their legs, and that women unwanted massages and kisses.
In the report, many women said they felt they could not report Kruse out of fear that it would hurt her career, the Oregonian. Some also feel that nothing would be done, because his behavior was enabled for so long.
Last November, State Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Ore., filed a formal complaint against Kruse and publicly identified him as their molester. Rubanoff wrote that Kruse reported misconduct escalated in the year 2017 in accordance with strict warnings against the violation of the boundaries with women, according to the Oregonian.
Several politicians, including Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, have said Kruse should resign.
Kruse was stripped assignments of its Committee, by the President of the Senate at the end of last year, because of the complaints.
The Oregon state senator has said he will not resign.
“I have said no plan to do anything else than what I am currently doing,” Kruse. “We are still in a formal process here. I have significant problems with the report.”
Rubanoff wrote that, while Kruse point to a pattern of behavior that was abusive, “I believe that Senator Kruse is a bad person, or that he does not intend to hurt or offend anyone.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.