The Latest: AG, DA ask victims in Senate probe to reach out

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 04:26:27 AM. BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband. (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Two of the state's top law enforcement officials say they're prepared to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against the husband of Democratic Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg. Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband. (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Two of the state's top law enforcement officials say they're prepared to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against the husband of Democratic Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, both Democrats, are asking anyone with information about the allegations to contact either of their offices.

The two said in a written statement Monday that they are committed to providing every survivor of sexual assault with what they called "a safe, respectful, victim-centered environment."

Earlier Monday, Rosenberg, a Democrat, agreed to step aside as leader of the chamber during an investigation into the allegations surrounding his husband, Bryon Hefner.

Several men told The Boston Globe that Hefner sexually assaulted or harassed them.

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11:40 a.m.

A spokesman says Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has agreed to step aside as leader of the chamber during an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations surrounding his husband, Bryon Hefner.

Rosenberg had previously planned to remain on as Senate President but recuse himself from all matters related to the investigation. But on Monday he informed colleagues just prior to a Democratic caucus that he would not serve as president during the probe, though he will remain in the Senate.

The Senate is likely to vote Monday to authorize the appointment of an independent investigator whose focus likely would be on whether Rosenberg knew about Bryon Hefner's alleged behavior, or if Hefner had any clout when it came to Senate matters.

Rosenberg has not been accused of wrongdoing.

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9:15 a.m.

The Massachusetts Senate plans a special session to discuss sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the husband of Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

The Senate is likely to vote Monday to authorize the appointment of an independent investigator whose focus likely would be on whether Rosenberg knew about Bryon Hefner's alleged behavior, or if Hefner had any clout when it came to Senate matters.

Rosenberg has not been accused of wrongdoing. He expressed shock over the allegations and maintained Hefner exerted no influence on the Senate.

Rosenberg has promised to recuse himself from any matters related to the investigation but otherwise will continue to preside over the Senate.

Several men told The Boston Globe that Hefner sexually assaulted or harassed them.

Rosenberg said Hefner will soon enter treatment for alcohol dependency.

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