Dozens accuse former Ohio state representative of sexual misconduct

Dozens of people are accusing a former Ohio state representative of sexual misconduct in the wake of his resignation, the Independent Journal Review reported Monday.

More than 30 individuals told the publication that former state Rep. Wesley Goodman (R-Ohio) reached out to them on social media apps to solicit sex, flirt and send pictures of his genitals. Most of those contacted are between the ages of 18 and 24 and did not know the representative well. 

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Goodman, 33, resigned last week after being confronted with evidence of inappropriate behavior with another man in his office. In a statement, Goodman said he “sincerely regrets” that his action were a distraction from his job in the Ohio state legislature.

Monday’s report includes screenshots of messages Goodman sent to the individuals. Goodman would made small talk before sending more suggestive or explicit messages, according to the screenshots.

One former co-worker said he never witnessed sexual misconduct from Goodman, but added that the representative “abused his power.” 

Goodman was also accused of fondling a supporter’s teenage son without consent during a conference in Washington, D.C., two years ago, according to The Washington Post.

Goodman has been vocally anti-LGBT, and campaigned on “family values.”