Argus Leader: Senator identified - Dan Sutton
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office and Senate leaders are investigating allegations of wrongdoing involving a state lawmaker and an 18-year-old legislative page, officials confirmed Tuesday.Read it all here.
The father of a former page has accused Sen. Dan Sutton, D-Flandreau, of misconduct during the last legislative session, according to state Sen. Garry Moore.
Schoenbeck, who wouldn't talk about his letter, did say the parent of a page complained to him last week about the inappropriate behavior of a state senator.
"Under Senate rules, it's my job to be the first one to deal with that," he said.
"I would not express an opinion about the truthfulness of the allegation," he added. "That's why we have a hearing process in the Senate."
In his letter addressed to Sutton, Moore indicated that Sutton may have violated legislative rules by failing to notify Senate leaders of the accusation.
"I know you can understand that since these allegations involve misconduct relating to pages, it is a serious matter," the letter states.
The letter also said, "I am proposing to the Executive Board that the rules surrounding pages and their associations with legislators be studied and revamped."
And the letter indicated that "the Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into these allegations."
When asked about Moore's letter, Attorney General Larry Long said, "There is a criminal investigation, and I'm not going to talk."
Schoenbeck said he was aware of a criminal investigation, but he didn't know its status.
Both Schoenbeck and Moore say they are making proposals to revamp South Dakota's page program.
I'll open up comments, but please don't speculate to the alleged victim's identity. And please keep it civil.