Utah Senate launches investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democrat Sen. Gene Davis

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – According to reports, the Utah State Senate has launched an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment against Sen. Gene Davis, a Democrat for Salt Lake City.

On the morning of Friday, August 5th, Senate President J. Stuart Adams (R-Layton), announced that he has ordered an independent investigation after a former intern for Sen. Davis from the 2022 legislative session came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.

In a statement, Adams said:

“Wednesday evening, I learned about the allegations concerning Sen. Davis from an online post made by a former intern. The entire Senate and I take these comments seriously.

After reviewing recommendations from the legislative general counsel and human resource administrator, I have directed an independent investigation be initiated to evaluate these allegations.”

He added:

“The Senate condemns and does not tolerate workplace harassment. It has no place in any political, professional or personal setting.”

Sen. Adams’ office said that he would have no further comment due to the ongoing investigation.

Sen. Davis’ own caucus said it supports the decision made by Adams.

In a joint statement from Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne (D-West Valley City), Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake City), and Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D-Holladay) said:

“We take the recent allegations against Sen. Davis very seriously and do not tolerate sexual harassment or any form of inappropriate conduct in the workplace. We support an independent investigation to move forward immediately and will examine all options.”

The statement added:

“Sexual harassment is wholly unacceptable and while no complaint has been filed, we have confidence in the Legislature’s workplace discrimination and harassment policies and process to support employees and interns.”

The Utah State Senate stated that at this time, Sen. Davis has not been stripped of his committee assignments in the legislature.

Depending on the results of the independent investigation, the Senate could then launch an ethics investigation into Sen. Davis, which could lead to discipline should the accusations be proven true.

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FOX 13 News reported on the intern’s accusations on the night of August 4th. The intern, who has not be identified as of this writing, accused Sen. Davis of unwanted touching and inappropriate behavior.

In her detailed post on social media, the intern said she had heard of past allegations from other former staffers against Davis, but talked herself out of her concerns for the opportunity to work at the Capitol. She wrote in her post:

“I feel like my experience at the Utah Capitol was stolen away from me. I did not deserve this. This should’ve never happened to me.”

She claimed that Davis often invaded physical boundaries, putting his arm around her waist and playing with her toes.

The young woman also expressed anger that the Utah Democratic Party for not protecting women better and not investigating sexual misconduct claims thoroughly.

Sen. Davis has been one of the longest-serving lawmakers on Utah’s Capitol Hill. He has been in office since 1987 and this year, he lost a primary election to Nate Blouin.

In a text message to FOX 13 News, Blouin said he supports the investigation that has been launched by the Senate and that he believes the young woman who stepped forward. He said:

“We have to confront uncomfortable truths, even when it is not politically convenient to do so. Opening an investigation is the right thing to do, and it must be conducted in a way that gives other victims confidence that their stories will be taken seriously.”

The Executive Committee of the Utah Democratic Party also issued a statement, which read:

“We would like to publicly state our support for the Senate’s independent investigation into accusations against Sen. Gene Davis. We support victims of sexual misconduct and we encourage them to move their complaints forward to all relevant entities.”

The statement added:

“Additionally, we recognize and honor how difficult it is for victims of sexual harassment to come forward, and w are actively seeking ways that we can add access, inclusion, and safety to our own process to make it as easy as possible for victims to share their stories and have their concerns taken seriously.”

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LAPD: Suspect followed victim before tackling her and sexually assaulting her in the bushes in broad daylight

July 1st, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA – A man allegedly followed and attacked a female after he knocked her down and dragged her into some bushes. The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying the suspect.

There are very few details. Here is what we know.

LAPD investigators stated that the man followed the victim from the Crenshaw/Exposition MTA station and tackled her into the bushes near Somerset Drive and Coliseum Street.

He followed her roughly a half-mile before striking.

It was in broad daylight, around 4:30 pm. Average walk time for that distance is about 10 minutes.

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It was after he had her in the bushes that he allegedly raped her.

Fox 11 reported that a cyclist riding by heard the woman’s screams and dialed 911.

The suspect then fled the scene running northbound on Somerset.

Based on surveillance footage, police described the man they are seeking as being black male, between the ages of 20 and 30, standing approximately 6’2″ and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing black shorts, a black t-shirt and beanie, black shoes and white socks. He was also carrying a gray backpack.

LAPD is asking anyone with information to call detectives at 323-290-2976. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

This is a developing story. We will continue to follow and provide updates as they are made available.

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Police: Serial rapist targeted women on dating apps – and might have victims all across the country that we don’t know about.

MOORESVILLE, NC – Michael Brandon Shinn was recently arrested for two separate sex crimes in North Carolina. Investigators now believe that he may have victims as far away as California.

The 29-year-old was picked up by officers with the Mooresville Police Department after two different women came forward sharing similar stories. The only connection between the two women was the suspect and how he operated.

As reported by WCJB, the first North Carolina assault occurred on June 16. The victim told police that she met Shinn online and, after some conversation, agreed to meet in person. She got into a two-tone, silver on black Dodge Charger with Shinn. That is when she told police that he drove to a remote parking lot and raped her.

He allegedly left her in the parking lot without her phone.

Investigators said that they were able to identify Shinn based off the information that the victim provided and then obtained an arrest warrant.

As they were investigating the alleged sexually violent crime, Mooresville police were notified by officers from nearby Huntersville that they had a rape victim that was hospitalized. Her story was eerily similar to the one Mooresville was investigating.

She met Shinn in the same parking lot, where she claimed that she was also raped. Following that report, additional warrants were obtained.

As detectives pieced evidence together, they saw a pattern developing. They are now engaged with numerous agencies, both in North Carolina and other states. Several of those agencies are in California.

“The suspect spent a considerable amount of time out in California,” Mooresville police Captain J.L. Quinn said. 

Police are asking for women who may have had a similar tragic occurrence to come forward, no matter where they may be.

“We don’t have the exact number yet because victims are coming forward at this time,” Quinn said.

Shinn is currently jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center on two counts of second-degree forcible rape and one count of second-degree forcible sex. He is held on a secured bond of $600,000.

“If you are meeting someone that you are not familiar with, you want to get to know that person first, obviously. And if you are meeting them, make sure you are meeting in a public location, not secluded, dark ones,” Quinn added. “Use your gut instinct to make sure you are not putting yourself in a dangerous situation.”

If you or anyone you know may have been a victim of or had contact with Shinn, you are encouraged to contact Detective Saladino with the Mooresville Police Department at 704-664-3311.

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Convicted rapist gets released from prison, then gets arrested on charges of – yup, you guessed it – rape

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police received a call around 4 am last Thursday. The call stated that a someone was attempting to gain entry to a Daybreak Drive apartment, but they were unsuccessful in that attempt.

Several hours later, they were called again by a person in a different building at that same complex.

The woman on the call said that the man gained access through a window. She told police that he sexually assaulted her. Police say that the woman and the suspect did not know one another.

Police have arrested 28-year-old Robert McFadden, charging him with two counts of first-degree forcible rape, two counts of first-degree sex offense, two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of larceny after breaking and entering, four counts of first-degree kidnapping, four counts of assault on a female, three counts of communicating threats, one count of interfering with emergency communication, and one count of parole violation.

McFadden had just been released from prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman at the Mayfield Memorial Apartment complex.

According to WSOC, that is the same complex where his most recent victim also lived. She is a 63-year-old woman. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The victim that made the first 911 call at 4am said, “I think he’s severely demented.”

Christalline Gainey-Lymon told police she was sleeping when McFadden tried to gain entry to her residence, with the sounds of the attempted break-in waking her up.

“So, I got up on my knees and pulled the curtain back to look at the fan and I (saw) this screen being removed while being pulled away from the frame,” Gainey-Lymon told the Charlotte TV station. “And then I saw this black arm, and I’m, like, ‘Get away from my window.'”

Gainey-Lymon also told WBTV that she believes a more thorough investigation and response from the CMPD could have stopped the subsequent crime from happening.

She claimed that it took at least 20 minutes for police to respond to her early morning call and that they did very little once they arrived.

“He observed the portion of the screen being ripped away from the frame and I said ‘will you please take fingerprints?’ and Officer Stevens told me, ‘we don’t take fingerprints on screens.'” 

“They didn’t try to ride through to look and see if anything else was going on, they didn’t try to find the suspect. They just left,” Gainey-Lymon continued.

She also said that the complex manager told her that surveillance video showed McFadden leaving her window and hiding behind another building while police conducted their search of the area, before proceeding to the second victim’s window.

A CMPD spokesperson told the CBS affiliate:

“Two officers responded to the 4 am call and evaluated the scene including the attempted point of entry. The officers circulated the area in attempt to locate possible suspects.”

McFadden, who now has a lifetime registration as a sex offender is still being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

A public records search revealed that his bond was set at $1.125 million. It also confirmed all twenty of the charges against him.

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