Senate staffer Elise Gyore says when Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) was still a legislative aide, he groped her at an after-work event in 2009.
She first shared her story with the L.A. Times, which reported that Gyore filed a complaint and that the subsequent investigation found Bocanegra likely did not act professionally.
Gyore is now chief of staff for Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside).
On Friday, Bocanegra issued a statement apologizing for his behavior.
“This unfortunate experience I was involved in as a staffer nearly 10 years ago was something I regret and learned from. As to the complaint filed, I fully cooperated with the investigation and after a comprehensive review by an independent body, which included interviews of over a dozen witnesses, the investigation was closed. I will work closely with my colleagues to ensure all processes involving sexual harassment are handled properly and fairly and that no woman or man who has been harassed is retaliated against by members or staff. Again, I’m deeply regretful about putting someone in this position and I want to apologize most sincerely."