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Report: Evidence shows no inappropriate conduct by lawmaker

March 14, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts House committee investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct has determined no action should be taken against the focus of the probe: state Rep. Paul McMurtry.

The Dedham Democrat faced allegations that he grabbed the backside of a fellow lawmaker during a December orientation for newly elected lawmakers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

A 15-page summary of the investigation released Wednesday “did not find, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Representative McMurtry made intentional contact” with the unnamed female representative-elect.

The report said the then-representative-elect declined to cooperate with the investigation or confirm or deny the allegation. The report said video evidence showed no visible contact but included slight movements by the then-representative-elect “consistent with an accidental touch.”

McMurtry said in a statement the allegations are “absolutely, positively, and unequivocally not true.”