MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on the sexual harassment complaints filed within the state Department of Justice (all times local):
Six sexual harassment complaints have been filed within the state Department of Justice since Attorney General Brad Schimel took office in early 2015.
The agency released a summary Tuesday showing three complaints were filed in 2015. Two led to Consumer Protection Supervisor John Knappmiller and Special Agent Brad Montgomery's resignations. The third was unsubstantiated.
One complaint was filed in 2016. It was unsubstantiated but led to an unnamed employee being reassigned.
Two complaints were filed this year. One of them involved Eau Claire County Sheriff's Capt. Dan Bresina's alleged behavior toward a DOJ employee. WEAU-TV reported in April that the behavior included providing the DOJ worker with his personal phone number, texting her and hovering around her. An Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department gave him a reprimand and transferred him from field captain to jail captain.
The other 2017 complaint was unsubstantiated.
Attorney General Brad Schimel says he agrees with legislative leaders' decision to keep sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers and their staff secret.
Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly last week said complaints will remain secret out of respect for victims and the accused's privacy.
Schimel has held himself up as a champion of the state's open records law. But he told The Associated Press during a year-end interview that the decision is noteworthy because leaders from both parties agreed the records should be confidential. He says he thinks they've struck the right balance.
He says one can argue the public should see the complaints to hold government officials accountable but victims expect confidentiality and it should be up to them to decide whether to share their stories.
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