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Identity & Community

Sex Misconduct Suit Against State Reveal Litany Of Abuse

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Emily Previti
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Keystone Crossroads
The Pennsylvania capitol building in Harrisburg. An AP review of sexual abuse and harassment found that the state agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle dozens of claims.

Sexual misconduct lawsuits filed against Pennsylvania state government over the last decade document a litany of lurid and abusive behavior.

An Associated Press review of more than 30 lawsuits included in a list provided by the Wolf administration found claims ranging from rape and other kinds of assault to sexual harassment and stalking.

The documents show the state paid or agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle claims.

Included in the complaints were allegations raised by state police dispatchers, a mental health worker, a state prison guard and a university groundskeeper.

Some of the victims say the conduct of their supervisors or co-workers caused them severe physical and emotional problems.