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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's Speaker of the House has requested that Kentucky State Police look into the shredding of documents by former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman.
Greg Stumbo made that move after House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover made the same request in a letter to Stumbo. In that letter, Hoover acknowledged that Sherman maintained the documents had nothing to do with recent sexual harassment allegations. But he continued, "...given the timing of the investigation, his resignation and the destruction of certain documents, I believe public perception may differ."
Sherman had resigned after an internal review that found no impropriety in the way his office handled sexual harassment complaints. He said that he had been considering leaving for a while, but he wanted to stay around through the end of the review of how his office had handled those complaints.
The complaints had been against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, who later resigned. One of the women, Gloria Morgan, said Rep. Arnold, a Democrat from Western Kentucky, touched her inappropriately, stroked her lower back to her waist area and made lewd comments.
LRC Deputy Director Robert Jenkins said in a letter Tuesday to Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers that the documents that were destroyed "were either duplicates or other material that was safe to be destroyed."
Jenkins said that according to Sherman, the papers included personal junk mail, his house refinance information and duplicate copies of memoranda such as committee appointments, approval of out-of-town meetings, and other routine matters. Other documents, according to Sherman, included personal information such as salaries of staff members.
Stumbo requested that the documents be provided to Kentucky State Police along with his request that KSP "take whatever actions it deems appropriate."