- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A school board member in Sioux City accused of sexually harassing a district employee says he will not resign from his post.

Paul Speidel said during a special board meeting Tuesday that he sent inappropriate text messages to the employee over an undisclosed period of time. He says the communication has stopped.

The district confirmed this month that it had received a sexual harassment complaint about a board member.

Speidel says he will not step down from his position. His term expires in 2017.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1KvZU7v ) some school board members criticized Speidel’s decision to stay on the board. Mike Krysl, school board president, says it’s up to an elected official to resign. He added the public will be able to offer feedback in the coming days.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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