- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an allegation of sexual harassment against an Alaska lawmaker (all times local):

1 p.m.

Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is defending the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against state Rep. Justin Parish.

The Juneau Empire reported Tuesday that Parish was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint in February that outlined 1 ½ years of unwanted public encounters between Parish and an unidentified woman.

In a statement Wednesday, Edgmon said the Legislature’s human resources manager received a complaint Jan. 30, from an unspecified local media outlet. The complaint included an allegation of off-site sexual harassment between Parish and an employee of the outlet.

Edgmon says the media outlet investigated the complaint with the Legislature’s cooperation, and one of the outlet’s attorneys proposed additional training. Edgmon says the attorney did not want further action taken.

He says the matter was closed without a finding of harassment under the Legislature’s policies.

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9:50 a.m.

A newspaper reports that outgoing Alaska state Rep. Justin Parish faced a sexual harassment complaint earlier this year and was ordered by the House speaker to take additional training.

The Juneau Empire reported that the February complaint outlined a year and a half of unwanted public encounters between Parish and a woman who was not identified.

Parish did not return a phone message Wednesday to The Associated Press and an aide said he was unavailable. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon also wasn’t immediately available.

Parish, a Juneau Democrat, said Tuesday he believed a former aide of his could do the job better and that he wouldn’t seek re-election. He told the AP that no other factors contributed to that decision.

Two House Democrats have resigned since December amid allegations of misconduct.


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