Panel orders sensitivity training for Fourkiller

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/03/2017 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Rep. Will Fourkiller
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A special House committee investigating allegations of sexual harassment recommended on Feb. 2 that Rep. Will Fourkiller undergo sensitivity training and have no interaction with the legislative body’s page program for a year.

The committee released its investigative report with the recommendations for the Stilwell Democrat and Cherokee Nation citizen. Fourkiller has denied any wrongdoing.

He was accused of making inappropriate comments to a high school-age House page in 2015. The committee report says that when the accusation was made, he did not acknowledge or deny making the comments.

Fourkiller declined to appear before the panel, citing its secretive nature.

The committee also recommended expelling Tulsa Republican Rep. Dan Kirby from the House. The committee’s report says Kirby took one of his legislative assistants to a strip club and received topless photos of her.

Kirby initially resigned in late December after reports of a publicly funded settlement with another woman surfaced, but later rescinded his resignation. He has denied wrongdoing, although he acknowledged an inappropriate relationship with one of the women.

The committee also determined the House had the authority to spend money to settle the wrongful termination agreement paid to one of the accusers.

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