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Sexual misconduct allegations plague California politicians




Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, speaks at the Capitol, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, speaks at the Capitol, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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On Monday, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra announced he will resign next year and not seek reelection. The announcement came after Bocanegra was accused of groping a woman in 2009 when he was a legislative staff member.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has since removed Bocanegra from his position as majority whip. Rendon also said he said he will move to expel Bocanegra before next year if the sexual misconduct allegations are confirmed.

It's the latest take down in a string of sexual harassment complaints against high-profile politicians and celebrities. The news is prompting many local jurisdictions to reexamine their own practices for handling complaints. 

"On the county level there have been about 27,000 complaints since 2011," said KPCC's senior politics reporter Mary Plummer. "This includes more than sexual harassment. But sexual harassment, I'm told, is among the top complaints categories."

To read more about LA County sexual harassment complaints, read Plummer's full report here.

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