LAS VEGAS – Nevada State Senator Mark Manendo resigned Tuesday after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
Following an investigation, Nevada Democrats responded in part with this statement:
The findings cited at least 14 incidents of inappropriate conduct during the 2017 legislative session, as well as instances of misconduct from prior sessions. The investigator concluded that these allegations were credible and established a pattern of Senator Manendo creating an environment that interfered with the work performance of female lobbyists, visitors, and employees of the Legislature. The investigator found Senator Manendo’s behavior constituted repeated violations of the Legislature’s anti-harassment policy and that his unacceptable actions ranged from sexual comments and advances to aggressive, confrontational, and harassing conduct.
The investigator also concluded that Senator Manendo purposely acted to interfere with and undermine the investigative process, despite being warned not to do so. Specifically, the investigator concluded that Senator Manendo contacted a witness and pressured her to withdraw her previous statements and fabricate a different version of events. The investigator further concluded that Senator Manendo attempted to learn the name of an individual who brought additional allegations against him.
Such behavior is not tolerable in any context, let alone by an elected member of the Nevada Senate. It is in the best interests of the institutions of the State Senate and the Nevada Legislature that Senator Manendo resigns from office.”