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Missouri Sen. LeVota denies sexual harassment claims

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota says allegations that he sexually harassed an intern are unfounded.

The Independence Democrat says a report released Wednesday shows there isn't proof he did anything wrong.

The Senate investigated after two University of Central Missouri students abruptly left an internship for LeVota this session.

The report says an intern claimed a pattern of sexual harassment from the senator including "unwelcome messages and explicit requests for sexual activity." The report says the intern alleges she was retaliated against when she declined the senator's sexual advances.

LeVota denied the claims and told The Associated Press he won't resign.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says at this time he's not calling for LeVota's resignation. But Dempsey says he doesn't feel the report clears LeVota of wrongdoing.

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