BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler has sent his resignation letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Schedler announced his resignation is effective Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The letter is attached to the bottom of this story.
Schedler's resignation comes amid a sexual harassment lawsuit he is facing. A woman accused him of punishing her when she challenged him at work. A spokeswoman for the office, on the other hand, said the sexual relationship was consensual.
Gov. Edwards released the following statement:
Sexual emails were released from Schedler to a former employee, through his state account. The emails were published by The Advocate and show Schedler crossing the line and abusing his position, according to Kennedy.
In March, Schedler announced he would not seek re-election in 2019. Schedler's current term ends on January 13, 2020. At the time, he said after taking a couple of weeks of personal time with his family, he made the decision to not run for office again next year. He also said he plans to fight the allegations against him.
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