Rep. Dan Kirby speaks out after resignation

Posted at 5:56 AM, Feb 07, 2017
State Representative Dan Kirby is speaking out three days after he resigned from the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
He's calling out the house claiming he's been a scapegoat in a sexual harassment settlement brought by his former assistant.
"I didn't do anything illegal. I didn't break any house rules. The allegations against me were proven to have no merit," said Rep. Kirby.
The House paid more than $44,000 to settle the claim last year.
"What happened to that money and why was that money paid out when the investigation had already shown that I was cleared of sexual harassment?," said Representative Kirby.
A special investigations committee within the House found that the representative engaged in a romantic relationship with a formal legislative aide through texts and social media.
In his testimony before the committee, Representative Kirby admitted he asked his former assistant for topless photos, but he claimed there never was a sexual relationship.
"It was poor judgment. I don't know about unethical because it was between two consulting adults. I'm an adult. She was an adult," said Representative Kirby.
The special committee said a House member should never solicit or receive inappropriate material from any House employee or member whether during or after business hours.
Representative Kirby's resignation goes into effect on March 1. So what's next for Rep. Kirby?
"This will allow me to spend time with family and friends," added Kirby, "I completely enjoyed my time working for the constituents in District 75. I felt that I did a good job. I served with honor and integrity," said Rep. Kirby.
He was elected in 2009. He currently represents District 75 which covers Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
He has two daughters and is not married.

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