Colorado House expels lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct

Rep. Steve Lebsock (credit: CBS Denver)
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DENVER (AP/KKTV) The Colorado House has voted to expel a lawmaker over sexual misconduct allegations.

Rep. Steve Lebsock is the second U.S. state lawmaker kicked out of office since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall.

Democratic leaders took the vote Friday after an outside investigator said allegations were credible that Lebsock sexually harassed or intimidated five women, including a fellow House member, inside the statehouse and at bars and restaurants.

Lebsock denied the claims and called for a formal investigation. He is the first Colorado lawmaker to be expelled since 1915.

Numerous female lawmakers took their turns at the podium during the debate Friday to come out as victims of sexual harassment or abuse.

Lebsock was registered as a Democrat up until he changed his voter registration to Republican at 3:17 p.m. on Friday. The change happened just before the vote and it isn't clear if a Republican or Democrat will replace him.