HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A veteran Pennsylvania state representative says he's innocent of misconduct and does not plan to resign after reports the state paid a quarter-million-dollar settlement over his former aide's claim of sexual harassment.
Berks County Democratic Rep. Tom Caltagirone issued a statement Wednesday that said he was prohibited from discussing specifics of any employment-related settlement.
He says he's denied all accusations from the start and was urged to settle because it would be expensive to fight it.
Caltagirone says the state needs a new agency to "police itself relative to these matters" without political interference.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says Caltagirone should resign.