A report breaking yesterday details that Senate Democratic leaders are using outside counsel to investigate a sexual misconduct allegation against state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery). The report states the accuser, Cara Taylor, delivered private criminal complaint to “dozens of lawmakers’ offices in the Capitol” a couple of days ago.
Taylor alleges the incident took place in 1991, when she was 17 and her mother was a legal client of Leach’s. She says he coerced her to perform oral sex, telling her to, “help me out,” and that she, “did as I was told.”
Leach denied this accusation, calling it preposterous and said he will file a defamation suit.
He shared a lengthy Facebook post on his reasoning to file the defamation suit stating what he is going through is an “injustice.”
“This is not the course I want to take, but I have no choice,” Leach said. “Think of what you would do under similar circumstances. I have spent my career as a lawyer, an activist and a legislator fighting injustice. This is an injustice. And it’s time that I fight for myself as hard as I’ve fought for others.”
“I have been begging for some sort of due process for a year and a half now,” Leach told PennLive. “I’m going to get that due process.”
Fellow Democratic state Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), who feuded with Leach and has called on him to resign, reiterated her criticism in light of the new allegation.
“Predatory behavior and abuse of power is a terrible combination,” Muth said. “I hope people look at this and redefine what being fit for office means. I want him to be held accountable because if one person gets away with it, it opens the gates for everyone else to.”
Leach has made headlines in the past couple of years in regards to different misconduct allegations while he’s been a sitting Senator.