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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

House GOP completes investigation into Miccarelli abuse allegations

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Mar 14, 2018 8:42 PM
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Delaware County Republican Nick Miccarelli has served five terms in the House.

 

(Harrisburg) -- State House Republicans have concluded an internal investigation into abuse allegations against one of their own.

 The case involving Representative Nick Miccarelli is an unusual one.

Both of Miccarelli's accusers work in the Capitol, and one is fellow Republican Representative Tarah Toohil.

The investigation began more than a month ago, when the two women first filed their allegations.

One, who has not come forward publicly, said he raped her.

Rep. Toohil said, among other things, he pulled a gun on her, and threatened to crash his car and kill them both.

The full report has now been sent to the Dauphin County District Attorney, whose office is conducting its own probe.  

House GOP leaders have already called on Miccarelli to step down.

But because the investigation is a "personnel matter," state policy keeps them from sharing much.

However, in a statement, House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin did say the caucus enacted "additional safety measures for the benefit of all participants and the general public" during the investigation.

No details were provided.

He also noted, "all parties and participants in the investigation were reminded [the caucus] does not tolerate retaliation against any individual who reports or complains about harassment or improper conduct."

In a February 28th Facebook post denying the abuse allegations, Miccarelli identified one of his accusers by name, and called her claims "complete fabrications." She has not come forward publicly.

House Republicans' harassment policy stipulates that "any effort to avoid, hinder or corrupt the complaint or investigation process" is not tolerated, and "may result in employment action up to and including termination of employment."

Toohil has obtained a temporary restraining order from Miccarelli, which bars him from the Capitol while she's there. A hearing Thursday is expected to decide whether it becomes permanent. 

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