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  New Mexico legislator seeks donations after harassment case dismissed
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News DateThursday, December 6, 2018 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA New Mexico state legislator launched a GoFundMe campaign to recover legal defense costs as a panel of lawmakers formally dismissed sexual harassment charges against him on Tuesday.

State Rep. Carl Trujillo, who lost his re-election bid in the wake of sexual harassment accusations by a former political lobbyist, said his name had been cleared with the decision by an eight-member legislative panel to dismiss charges.

Lawmakers dismissed the charges last week, but they outlined the procedural basis for the decision in a five-page order released on Tuesday. Trujillo was the first lawmaker to face a formal investigation under the Legislature's new anti-harassment policy, adopted in January amid efforts to make the Capitol work environment safer for women and less discriminatory.

Former lobbyist Laura Bonar has accused Trujillo of touching and propositioning her as the two worked together on legislation in 2013 and 2014.
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