Texas state Senator accused of sexual misconduct releases polygraph results
AUSTIN — A high-ranking state Senator has released polygraph test results as he tries to prove his innocence after coming under fire last week for allegedly sending lewd text messages to a graduate student interesting in working at the Texas Capitol.
The University of Texas is investigating Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner’s behavior after he was accused of sending the student a lewd text message and a photo of his genitalia, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Schwertner denies any impropriety, and polygraph administrators paid for by his attorneys concluded he was not deceptive when asked about the allegations.
Schwertner, chairman of the health and Human Services Committee, is running for re-election in his Georgetown district north of Austin. His Democratic challenger, Meg Walsh, is calling for the Senate to launch its own investigation, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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The Texas Senate is taking a wait-and-see approach. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican who oversees the Senate, said he is awaiting the conclusion of the UT investigation.
The allegation is the third involving a sitting state Senator accused of sexual misconduct.