Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Statement Regarding News Accounts of the Senate President's Spouse Being Named as a Sexual Abuser

Statement of Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr regarding news accounts of sexual abuse by the spouse of the Senate President.

"A news story today reports numerous allegations, from several individuals, describing acts of sexual abuse and coercion attributed to Bryon Hefner who, at the time, was the fiancé of the Senate President.

These claims are very serious and disturbing, as are all allegations of sexual abuse, and they deserve to be carefully examined and addressed.

Without a doubt, there must be a full and fair process by which the facts should be evaluated, and any wrongdoing in this case should be dealt with swiftly and properly addressed. No one should manipulate, harm, or abuse anyone else and when they do, there must be appropriate consequences.

I am working with Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler to develop a structure and process, to investigate all of the relevant facts and information related to these serious allegations and take appropriate action.”