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Republican lawmaker says Democratic rep deserves hearing

August 9, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says a Democratic representative facing calls from his own party to resign following a magazine report deserves a hearing.

Rep. Paula Sutton called on Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon to convene the House Ethics Committee to investigate an anonymous source’s allegations in a magazine that Democratic Rep. Dillon Bates had romantic relationships with students as teacher and coach at a now-shuttered all-girls high school.

Efforts to speak with Gideon, who called for Bates’ resignation, were unsuccessful Thursday. But spokeswoman Mary-Erin Casale said Gideon is considering whether to convene the committee.

Casale said the House will vote on Sutton’s request when it reconvenes at an undecided date.

Bates’ lawyer says his client denies allegations in “The Bollard” and won’t step down. Bates hasn’t been charged with any crime.

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