Investigation finds ‘probable cause’ NM representative violated Anti-Harassment Policy

David Lynch
July 28, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/investigation-finds-probable-cause-new-mexico-rep-violated-anti-harassment-policy/5007962/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Formal discipline may be coming for State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D) after an investigative subcommittee found “probable cause” on allegations of sexual harassment against a lobbyist while they collaborated on legislation in 2014.

The subcommittee’s findings were outlined in a report released Saturday, in which it stated there was probable cause the New Mexico representative – in office since 2013 – violated certain portions of the Legislature’s recently overhauled Anti-Harassment Policy. The subcommittee also recommended that a formal hearing be pursued.

Specifically, the investigative subcommittee found “sufficient credible evidence” on the allegation that Trujillo grabbed activist Laura Bonar by the arm in February of 2014 before asking, “Where can we meet?” to the degree that it created an “intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.”

The subcommittee also found sufficient credible evidence that remarks Trujillo made toward Bonar in January of 2014 were indicative of sexual harassment. According to the report, on Jan. 28, 2014, Trujillo told Bonar, “You can sit next to me anytime, Laura, at dinner, by the fire, in the pool.”

Bonar, the chief program and policy officer for Animal Protection Voters and Animal Protection of New Mexico, outlined the allegations in a public letter in early May. In that letter, she called on Trujillo to resign.

The bipartisan subcommittee was made up of state representatives Cathrynn Brown (R), Kelly Fajardo (R), Joanne Ferrary (D) and Javier Martinez (D).

Several lobbyists and legislators were interviewed by the subcommittee in their investigation.

Trujillo lost his re-election bid in June’s Democratic primary. That didn’t halt the investigation despite the finish line on his time in office looming on the horizon.

 

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