Report: Oregon senator groped women at Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new report from an independent investigator says state Sen. Jeff Kruse not only subjected two female senators to unwanted touching, he groped or gave lingering hugs to many women working at the Oregon Capitol.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the findings of Dian Rubanoff, the investigator and an employment law attorney, were released Tuesday.

Two Democratic Oregon senators publicly accused Kruse last fall of sexual misconduct, saying he subjected them to unwanted touching and inappropriate close contact. A formal complaint filed by Sen. Sara Gelser in November triggered a requirement that a legislative committee arrange for an outside investigation of her claims.

Kruse didn’t immediately return an email from The Associated Press late Tuesday night seeking comment.

Tuesday’s report is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Conduct Committee Feb. 22.