Pressure Mounts on LeVota
July 23, 2015

The political pressure is mounting on Missouri State Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

A second intern, identified by the Kansas City Star as Taylor Hirth, says LeVota made advances toward her when she worked for him in 2010. That is five years before the first charge that emerged on Wednesday. A 2015 intern says Levota made advances toward her, too.

LeVota denies it.

Senator Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, citing the “new information”, kicked LeVota off the influential Senate Rules Committee and then announced the panel would investigate the allegations against the Independence Democrat.
“The Missouri Senate takes very seriously matters involving the public trust,” Dempsey said in a statement.

Moments later Democratic Governor Jay Nixon suggested ina statement his fellow Democrat resign.
In a statement Nixon called the charges against LeVota are “deeply troubling and raise serious questions about his ability to continue to serve his constituents”.

LeVota could not be reached by phone Thursday.

His brother Phil, a close advisor, says the Senator plans to cooperate fully with the investigation.

In an interview with KMBC TV on Wednesday after the first report came out LeVota said, “I’m not going to let false allegations prevent me from representing my district.”

UCM Will Continue Jeff City Intern Progr
July 23, 2015

The University of Central Missouri says it will continue it’s internship program with the Missouri Legislature.

According to the State Senator report, a UCM female intern believes Independence Democrat PaulLevVota sexually harassed her when she was working for him in the 2015.

She stopped working for LeVota before the end of the session in May.

The statement was not attributed to any particular UCM official.

It said, “although we cannot comment on specific issues related to a student’s academic program, we take matters related to Title IX legislation seriously”.

Title IX is the federal law that requires gender equity in any education programs that get federal funding.

The statement says the university’s students have have successful internships with the legislature, intern program.

” We want to continue to make these opportunities possible.”