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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The western Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual harassment has resigned, according to Gov. Steve Beshear's office.
In the complaints, three legislative workers, all women, alleged that Democratic State Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis had touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.
In his resignation letter, Arnold said he did not believe he was guilty of sexual harassment. But he said he believed he would be an "ineffective voice" for his constituents during future legislative sessions.
Arnold also said he had been in poor health, and was only able to participate in one public event during his last campaign, and could not take part in the last two weeks of the 2012 legislative session. He said, "I deeply regret that my years in public office end on this note, most of all, because I am sure my constituents and loyal supporters are greatly disappointed by these allegations which have been so widely publicized."
Gov. Beshear said in a news release, "I have received Rep. John Arnold's resignation, and I respect his decision to step aside so that our legislators can focus instead on the business of the state. I will begin reviewing the options for calling a special election to make sure the people of the 7th district will be represented during the 2014 session of the General Assembly."
A special legislative committee investigating the complaints against Arnold was to meet Sept. 17 at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.