- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Democratic Party is splitting at least temporarily with a state senator-elect accused of sexual conduct without consent.

Party leaders say Reynold Nesiba (NESS’-ih-buh) will be on a leave of absence from the Senate Democratic Caucus pending the charge’s outcome. During that time Nesiba won’t be allowed to attend any caucus meetings.

The party’s statement Friday said the allegations would impede Nesiba’s ability to be an effective legislator. The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2fbv9MC ) reports party officials would reconsider allowing Nesiba to caucus with Democrats after his case is concluded.

Nesiba is on leave as an Augustana University economics professor. He was arrested Monday for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances on a woman in September.

Nesiba did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press for comment Saturday.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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