Attorney general and Suffolk DA open investigation into Senate president's husband

Independent Investigator Will Look Into Allegations Against Bryon Hefner

Independent Investigator Will Look Into Allegations Against Bryon Hefner

MA lawmakers will meet on Monday to discuss appointing an investigator to review sexual misconduct allegations against the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

Four men told the Boston Globe Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, sexually assaulted and harassed them.

Rosenberg also said he was confident the investigation would show that Hefner had no influence over Senate business.

Senate Minority Leader Harriette Chandler and Minority Leader Bruce Tara are leading an investigation that Rosenberg has recused himself from.

Visibly shaken by the allegations against his husband, Rosenberg faced the cameras roughly 24 hours after Hefner's alleged transgression were put on public display in what Rosenberg called the "most hard time" in his political and personal life.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg was flanked by an aide and court officers, and surrounded by media, during a press conference Friday about his husband's alleged sexual assaults and interference in Senate affairs.

"It is simply not true", Rosenberg said in a statement read to reporters on Friday.

Tarr cited Senate Rule 12A, a statute that outlines ethics investigations and dictates how the details from subsequent findings are publicly released, but stressed that the rule "allows us only to act given the conduct of a member or a member of the staff".

"Ensuring a safe workplace is more important than any one politician - even one as powerful and well-liked as Rosenberg", the editorial read. The investigator would be given the authority to summon witnesses and have access to Rosenberg's office. Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover).

Other Democratic senators declined to comment as they entered the caucus.

The meeting was scheduled for Monday, but will now be held at a later date because the State Senate has a formal session scheduled.

"I really do think it's incumbent on the Senate is to make sure that whoever they pick here has big time standing and the independence that is going to be required to do this in a way ensures that others who come forward, can do so without repercussions", Baker said.

Rosenberg that Hefner is seeking help for alcohol dependence.

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