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Sen. Stan Rosenberg to step down from legislature Friday

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Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (Western Mass News file photo) Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (Western Mass News file photo)

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg will formally step down from the legislature Friday.

The Amherst Democrat said that he's resigning because he would no longer be able to fully represent the interests of his constituents.

The resignation comes five months after Rosenberg's estranged husband, Bryon Hefner, was accused of indecent assault and inappropriate sexual behavior with multiple men on Beacon Hill.

In December, Rosenberg voluntarily stepped down as Senate President while an ethics probe began into his possible role in the scandal.

On Thursday, he announced that he would resign effective 5 p.m. Friday from his Senate seat.

Rosenberg's full statement appears below:

"As I have stated repeatedly over the last 5 months, I deeply regret the difficulties that this situation has created for the members, the staff and the institution of the Senate. 

In its report, Hogan Lovells found no conduct by me that violated Senate Rules or state ethics law, no evidence that Bryon influenced my actions as Senate President, and no knowledge on my part of any alleged sexual advances, assaults or attempts by Bryon to influence other senators or staff. 

The report does, however, summarize statements from witnesses alleging that Bryon engaged in actions that harmed them and others, and it finds fault with my not having done more to control Bryon’s access to information and to the people who worked in and around the Senate. 

Although, as the report notes, I was unaware of many of the events attributed to Bryon, and took steps to address those incidents that came to my attention, that does not diminish my sorrow at what reportedly transpired or my sense of responsibility for what the Ethics Committee concludes was a failure on my part in not doing more to protect the Senate.  I have devoted nearly forty years of my life to public service with over 25 years in the Senate, motivated always by the best interests of that body and my constituents. To the extent my efforts fell short, and most especially to all who have been affected by the events described in the Hogan Lovells report, I convey my sincere apology. 

I had hoped that, with the conclusion of the investigation, I would be able to focus, once again, on representing my constituents and contributing meaningfully to the work of the Senate.  In light, however, of the disciplinary measures recommended by the Ethics Committee, it would not be fair to my constituents to have a representative in the Senate who lacked the authority to represent their interests fully.  I have resigned from my position as State Senator for the Hampshire Franklin and Worcester District effective Friday May 4, 2018 at 5:00pm."

You can CLICK HERE to read that Ethics Committee report.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have the latest as it becomes available.

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