Accused of sexual misconduct, Sen. Tony Mendoza will learn next week whether he'll face formal disciplinary proceedings, the Senate Rules Committee said Friday, after receiving the results of an investigation into his behavior.
The findings of the investigation on Sen. Tony Mendoza have not been made public but were presented to the rules panel in a closed-door meeting. When it concluded, the five-member committee said it would decide Tuesday whether to recommend discipline, and if so will share the findings with all senators.
Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat, could be censured, suspended, expelled or face no discipline. He has been on paid leave while the investigation was underway and filed a lawsuit Thursday saying he's been treated unfairly.
Mendoza has been accused of acting inappropriately toward young women who worked for him, including inviting one to his home and offering another alcohol when she was underage. He also is accused of firing a staffer who reported one of the instances.