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Stumbo: Rep. John Arnold was suffering from dementia when he sexually harassed staffers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo says state representative John Arnold was suffering from the onset of dementia when he was accused of groping women who worked as state staffers, according to a letter signed by Stumbo.

“There is evidence indicating Rep. Arnold was suffering from the onset of dementia which can, in some cases, result in inappropriate behavior,” writes Stumbo.

A release from the Speaker Friday explains the steps Stumbo took to address Rep. Arnold’s behavior.

“This may not excuse Rep. Arnold’s behavior, but may explain why he acted in such an unusual manner,” the letter continues.

Stumbo writes he regretted to seek the expulsion of Arnold, but “will not tolerate any behavior that fails to honor our sacred public trust.”

Stumbo says the state is in the process of hiring a new director for the Legislative Research Commission and steps will be taken to review polices and employee structure to avoid future issues.

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