Sexual Misconduct

Board Recommends Bill Cosby Be Found A Sexually Violent Predator

Jul 26, 2018
Matt Slocum / AP

A Pennsylvania board recommended Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator, which would require the former TV star to attend at least monthly sex offender counseling — in prison and out — and police to post warning flyers throughout his neighborhood whenever he is freed.

It is now up to a judge to decide whether to accept the finding by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

The district attorney's office that prosecuted Cosby asked a judge Tuesday to schedule a hearing in the matter. No date was immediately set.

Ohio State: 100 Ex-Students Report Sex Misconduct By Doctor

Jul 20, 2018
Mike Householder / AP

More than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by the now-dead Ohio State University team physician at the center of an ongoing investigation, the university said on Friday.

Matt Rourke / AP

As part of its announced effort to curb sexual harassment and abuse in the legislature, and in Pennsylvania workplaces generally, a House committee has held a public hearing on the subject.

On Witness Stand, Accuser Calls Bill Cosby A 'Serial Rapist'

Apr 11, 2018
Dominick Reuter / AP

The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial described the comedian Wednesday as "a serial rapist" as she parried with his lawyers, while a second accuser tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"

The courtroom dramatics prompted mistrial requests from Cosby's lawyers — which were denied — as prosecutors began putting on a parade of women who say Cosby drugged and molested them long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.

Pennsylvania Legislature Roiled By Sexual Misconduct Claims

Apr 11, 2018
Tim Lambert / WITF

Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts.

A sitting state senator gave up plans to run for Congress in late February, following accusations of inappropriate behavior.

And an investigation is underway into claims a House member was abusive toward two women, including a fellow state representative.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives / legis.state.pa.gov

Two women recently accused state Representative Nick Miccarelli of repeated domestic violence.

In one incident, he allegedly brandished a gun while driving with one of the women, and threatened to kill them both.

State Lawmaker Accused Of Assaults, Including Forced Sex

Mar 1, 2018
Pennsylvania House of Representatives / legis.state.pa.gov

*Updated

A state representative was urged Thursday by House Republican leaders to resign amid allegations he forced a woman to have sex after they broke up and threatened to kill another while driving at a high speed and brandishing a gun.

Democratic Party Chair Resigns Under Pressure From Wolf

Feb 2, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's Democratic Party chairman says he's acceding to Gov. Tom Wolf's request that he resign in the wake of his comments to a columnist about the party's responses to sexual misconduct allegations against politicians.

Bill Cosby Is Hitting The Town, And Legal Experts See A Strategy

Jan 23, 2018
Michael Sisak / AP

Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring.

Pennsylvania Paid $900K Over Sex Misconduct

Jan 9, 2018
90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania has revealed it paid $900,000 in 2016 to settle a workplace sexual misconduct case, its biggest payout of that type to come to light in recent months.

The money was paid to a woman who accused her boss of molesting, harassing and threatening her while she worked for the Department of Revenue from 2011 to 2013.

Matt Rourke / AP

Recent allegations suggest sexual harassment is part of the "culture of silence" in Harrisburg, LNP Media reports.

Two Pennsylvania Officials Resign Amid Misconduct Complaints

Jan 2, 2018
Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Two Pennsylvania government officials have resigned in recent days amid allegations by women of misconduct in the workplace.

 Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed state Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay stepped down Sunday. Senate security chief Justin Ferrante resigned Friday.

Pennlive reported Solobay quit after the paper tried to contact him for a story on a 2011 complaint that he slapped a female Senate aide on her rear-end when he was a state senator.

State's Costs For Sexual Misconduct Claims Top $360K

Dec 23, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Records now show all three branches of Pennsylvania state government have settled sexual misconduct allegations since 2010, claims that included unwelcome touching, kissing and lascivious comments.

The running total of disclosed payments to settle claims and investigate complaints over the past eight years now stands at more than $369,000.

New documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Treasury Department paid $7,500 to cover an employee's legal costs in a sexual harassment and retaliation complaint and agreed to transfer her.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

 

Many observers have found loopholes in the Republican tax bill passed by the Senate and House late Tuesday and into early Wednesday. Some provisions were even found to violate budget rules and were changed last minute. University of Pittsburgh law professor Tony Infanti found that one loophole could also leave targets of sexual misconduct vulnerable. Infanti discussed the provision with 90.5 WESA's An-Li Herring.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Bradley C. Bower / AP

A Pennsylvania state senator who is the subject of allegations published by The Philadelphia Inquirer that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides hopes to continue serving in office, his lawyer said.

*UPDATE: This story was updated at 2:05 p.m., Dec. 18. 

WITF

In the wake of recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations coming to light, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are proposing to reform how state government handles allegations concerning legislators.

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) plans to introduce a bill that would ban non-disclosure agreements and prohibit use of taxpayer money for settling claims in sexual harassment or assault cases that involve lawmakers.