Senate meets to create harassment investigation rules

The spouse of the Senate President is accused of harassing men

December 04, 2017 - 8:34 am

The state Senate is expected to launch an investigation into allegations against Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband.  The Senate will meet in formal session Monday to set the parameters for the investigation.  Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner is accused of sexually harassing and groping four men with links to state politics. Rosenberg has recused himself from the closed-door meeting to develop a plan.

There are now reports of a fifth person coming forward to claim sexual misconduct by Hefner.  MassLive reports Hefner sent a picture of a nude male as a text message to a person in state politics.  The unsolicited text apparently was meant for someone else and was sent to the recipient by mistake. Hefner has entered an inpatient treatment center for alcohol abuse.

State Senate President Stan Rosenberg is receiving a call for his resignation from his own Democratic caucus.  Senator Barbara L'Italien says reports that Rosenberg's husband sexually assaulted and harassed four men warrant his resignation.  L'Italien says they need to consider the good of the institution, and this needs to be quickly solved so they can move on.  Rosenberg insists that his husband did not interfere in official Senate business.

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