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The Senate Democratic Caucus voted to remove former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll as minority whip on Sunday and called on him to resign following a TV report that Carroll propositioned and allegedly groped a then-30-year-old man in 2005.
The fallout continued from Saturday when the story first broke on Spectrum News Pure Politics, as both state political parties expressed concern about the allegations.
“In light of recent media reports, the Senate Democratic Caucus has voted to remove Senator Carroll from his leadership position as minority whip,” Senate Democrats said in a statement. “The Senate Democratic Caucus calls on Senator Carroll to resign his Kentucky State Senate seat, immediately.” Read more here: www.kentucky.com...=cpy
More than 10 years ago budding photographer Jason Geis wanted to go to art school. He says a high-profile Kentucky lawmaker took an interest in his work and promised to help him. Instead of help, Geis said he was groped and propositioned for sex. And that’s not all. When he turned to police for help, he says the whole thing was swept under the rug. Relying on previously undisclosed police files, a hidden recording and interviews with Geis and the lawmaker, Pure Politics offers the following eleven month investigation into the allegations and why they were kept quiet for so long.
I'm thoroughly disgusted but not a bit surprised. I think this might be just the first of many... The seemy side of things does seem to be bubbling up. A Republican exposing himself in public and a Democrat trying to trade gay sex for art school tuition. That's our legislature.
What did they know, and when did they know it?
U.S. Sen. Howard Baker asked a version of that question in regards to President Richard Nixon’s involvement in a cover-up of a break in at the Watergate office building.
The Republican Party of Kentucky has now posed a version of that question to those who were in power in 2005 when Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, allegedly groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis, 30 years old at the time, for sex.
Geis had sought Carroll’s help getting into a certain art school in February of 2005. Carroll, who spoke in the secret recording about his connections to representatives at that school, repeatedly asked for sex acts from Geis.
Carroll admitted to State Police that he asked for oral sex from Geis, according to documents obtained by Pure Politics during an 11 month long investigation He said it was a test and that if Geis had agreed Carroll says he would have left. Pure Politics sought to uncover if Carroll used his position to seek the sexual favors, and if there was a cover up of the incident.
Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson issued a statement in response to the story on Sunday asserting that there need to be answers to a potential cover up of the incident. “Also, there is a question whether those affiliated with him may have used their influence to alter the course of the investigation,” Watson said in the statement.
“This is an extremely disturbing case and we hope a full investigation is conducted into both the actions of Senator Carroll and whether or not Frankfort politicians used their influence to alter the path of the investigation in the aftermath.”
Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, and the Attorney General at the time of the incident in 2005, claims the KBI never looked into the claims by Geis, and was unaware of a tape.
“No. No. No. That’s absolutely false,” Stumbo said in a phone interview.