Grand jury recommends no charges against ex-state rep. accused of sexual assault but pushes Legislature for reforms
Brian Ellis, who served in the Pennsylvania House from 2002 until resigning in March of this year, was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2015.
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Special election to replace resigning Ellis to take place on primary day
The open Butler County house seat once held by Republican Rep. Brian Ellis, who resigned earlier this week following sexual assault allegations, will be filled in a special election May 21st — the same day as the state’s municipal primaries. House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced the date Wednesday. Candidates will be chosen the local […]
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Under investigation for sexual assault, Butler County GOP Rep. Brian Ellis resigns from state House
Republican state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, has resigned from the state House effective immediately. In a letter to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Ellis said that he has “concluded for the best interests of my family, the residents of the 11th House district and my own health” that he leave office. Ellis is under […]
Sexual assault complaint against Butler County lawmaker filed with Pa. House GOP
A woman who has accused state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, of sexual assault has sent a formal complaint against him to a lawyer working for the House Republican majority, according to reporting by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer. The complaint stems from an incident in October 2015, when the victim went out to a […]
Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?
There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.