Colorado legislature moves to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock amid sexual misconduct allegations

Posted at 11:52 AM, Feb 27, 2018

DENVER -- Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker is recommending that Rep. Steve Lebsock be expelled from the state legislature amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Becker told the legislature on Tuesday that a third-party investigation into the allegations found that 11 accusations from five women were deemed credible.

READ: Becker's memo regarding the Lebsock investigation

READ: Becker's addendum to her Lebsock investigation memo

One of the women to make accusations against Lebsock is Rep. Faith Winter, who formally accused Lebsock of making unwanted sexual advances at a party in 2016. Lebsock has continually denied the allegations.

Becker introduced a measure Tuesday afternoon to expel Lebsock. The legislature will then consider the resolution on Friday morning. Expulsion will require an affirmative vote from two-thirds of the legislature.

Watch Becker discuss the findings of the investigation in the video belew: 

Redacted copies of the investigation report also would be made available for lawmakers to view later Tuesday but the report will not be released to the public, unless Lebsock or his accusers decide to release it publicly.

Winter said that she was willing to share portions of the redacted report with reporters, and at an afternoon news conference said she was unsure if the votes to expel Lebsock were there.

"If we don't move forward with this expulsion, we are sending a very dangerous message that when we put on this badge, that we are held above accountability and reproach," Winter said. "The last thing I was thinking of when I came forward was politics. My whole goal in coming forward was to make sure this behavior stopped and that women in this building felt safe and felt like their voices were heard."

Lebsock told Denver7 that he has no plans to resign. He will be given time to address the allegations against him on Friday, Becker said.

"I don't think I'll be expelled," Lebsock told Denver7 in an interview Tuesday in which he continued to maintain the accusations against him were not credible. "The members of this body will see what's going on and I will not be expelled....Over the coming weeks and months, the people of Colorado will have a greater picture about how the two-party system has failed us and how, literally, I'm being thrown underneath the bus."

He said there had been "a lot of bias an unprofessionalism from the fact finder" in the case.

But Becker, in an interview, maintained that the investigation into Lebsock found "a pattern of behavior that not only violates the policy, but puts the integrity of this body at risk."

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No member of the Colorado legislature has been expelled since 1915, Becker said.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll continued to call for Lebsock and Sen. Randy Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican who has also reportedly had credible accusations levied against him, to resign Tuesday afternoon.

"The fact that allegations of unwanted touching by both Sen. Baumgardner and Rep. Lebsock have been found credible through an independent process should speed up the resignations of these two officials," Carroll said in a statement. "Sexual misconduct should not be a partisan issue. It is a problem that must be addressed in every walk of life. The Democratic Party remains committed to eliminating sexual misconduct wherever it exists, whether in government, in campaigns, or any other industry or institution."

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