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Maine House to vote on investigating handling of allegations

August 28, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine House lawmakers are set to vote to investigate how a Democratic leader handled allegations of inappropriate behavior against a lawmaker who has since stepped down.

Republican Rep. Paula Sutton on her Facebook page Monday said she has re-filed a House Order to have the House ethics committee investigate how Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and other House leaders handled allegations against former Rep. Dillon Bates.

The Bollard magazine quoted an anonymous source who alleged Bates had romantic relationships with female high school students he met as a teacher and coach.

Gideon spokeswoman Mary-Erin Casale didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

The House could vote on Sutton’s request Thursday

Bates didn’t respond to request for comment. Bates hasn’t been charged with any crime and has denied allegations.

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