UCM Title IX investigation focuses on two interns’ sudden departure from state senator’s office

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An investigation involving a Kansas City area senator’s office and University of Central Missouri interns is ongoing.

In a statement, State Senator Paul LeVota confirmed the UCM is investigating the sudden departure of two interns working at his office back in March, a man and woman.

UCM confirmed to reporters at the Joplin Globe that it’s a Title IX investigation and can’t comment.

The Missouri Senate administrator told the newspaper the documents related to the investigation are closed.

Sen. LeVota provided this statement for FOX 4:

“And as of today, I have still never been informed by any intern or staff member of any incidents at all.  The remaining three interns assigned to my office had a great experience and finished the session. None have voiced any issues in their internship, nor any report that either of the UCM interns had any problems.”

The investigation comes on the heels of a sexting scandal that rocked the Missouri State Senate before it adjourned for the summer.

Speaker of the House John Diehl resigned after admitting exchanging inappropriate text messages with an intern from Missouri Southern State University.



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