SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The California Legislature is resuming an investigation into groping allegations against Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia after her accuser appealed a finding that didn’t substantiate his claim.
Former legislative staffer Daniel Fierro accused Garcia of groping him.
Garcia denies the allegation and independent investigators told Fierro in May they didn’t find evidence to support it. Investigators did find Garcia used vulgar language in violation of the Assembly’s sexual harassment policy.
Fierro says investigators didn’t interview at least one witness he named and asked for an appeal.
An Assembly lawyer told Fierro’s lawyer Monday that leaders of the Assembly Rules Committee decided to investigate further. The Los Angeles Times first reported the letter.
Garcia says the investigators’ initial finding is accurate. The Los Angeles-area Democrat is running for re-election.