12/17/2018: "Ranker Accused Of Sexual Harassment"
The Seattle Times has posted an Associated Press story by Rachel La Corte that former San Juan County Commissioner Clerk Ann Larson has charged Sen. Kevin Ranker with sexual-harassment and creating a hostile-workplace
Larson admits to having had consensual sexual relations with Ranker, who was married at the time, and before he became a senator, but after he asked her to leave her San Juan position and work for him in his district office in 2009 she wanted to have only a professional relationship with him.
According to Larson things did not work out as requested, and during the 2010 legislative session she was subjected to regular sexual harassment from him. She said that when she rebuffed him, he became increasingly hostile, and she ultimately decided to leave the job because of it.
However, she was still subjected to hostile encounters after accepting a position as a legislative liaison for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“I need to make it feel like it’s a safe environment without fear of retaliation,” Larson said. “I want women to know that there’s a process, that it’s a safe process.”
Ranker has pledged to cooperate with the on-going investigation, and is quoted as stating in an email to the AP that “I believed an investigation was absolutely critical to ensure fairness for all involved.”
The AP does not usually identify those who make sexual assault charges, but Larson is said to have agreed to being identified.
Read the Seattle Times story HERE