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Senate chooses acting president

Worcester's Harriettte Chandler to take reins during investigation

December 05, 2017 - 6:33 am

There is a new leader of the Massachusetts State Senate, for now. Worcester Senator Harriette Chandler is now the acting president of the Massachusetts Senate. The decision came after Senate President Stanley Rosenberg announced a leave of absence while during the investigation into his husband. The Boston Globe reports at least three men have come forward to claim Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, of sexual assault. The allegations include kissing and groping the men against their will. There is no evidence Rosenberg knew about the attacks.

The Senate’s investigation into Rosenberg will be conducted by the Ethics Committee which reportedly will hire outside investigators. The panel is expected to meet Tuesday. Rosenberg could face sanctions including expulsion.

There are calls for a criminal investigation as well. Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conely are urging other alleged victims to come forward. It is the same message being sent by now Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler.

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