COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus launched a petition demanding that an independent investigator be allowed to review Attorney General Mike DeWine’s handling of a sexual harassment complaint in his office.
Last year, a former intern made allegations that she was sexually harassed by a senior male staffer and close personal friend of Mike DeWine. During the course of the investigation, a whistleblower approached the office’s EEO investigator and was promised confidentiality. DeWine demanded to be interviewed by the investigator and forced her to turn over the informant’s name. The investigation was closed three days later without identifying the harasser.
Subsequently, DeWine’s senior staff referred the EEO investigator to the Franklin County Prosecutor for potential felony charges. No charges were pursued, and the investigator ultimately was never even disciplined internally.
Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, made the following statement:
“Mike DeWine’s explanations for why he interfered in this investigation and demanded a confidential informant’s name don’t add up. Now, we’ve found that DeWine’s senior staff tried to retaliate against his office’s own investigator. Ohioans deserve a thorough and independent investigation how DeWine and his staff handled these sexual harassment allegations.”