New York lawmaker Vito J. Lopez, a democrat, is accused of saying he wished he lived in a state that allowed him to sleep with underaged girls, after he thought a 14-year-old intern was “sexy.”
Lopez, 71, told his fantasy to at least one person from his district office.
The young girl he commented on is the daughter of Brooklyn Judge Pamela Fisher.
Fisher knew Lopez because she helped him get elected and he was friends with her family.
Once his comments were reported to police, they interviewed the intern. They found she had only been working for him for six days but that nothing inappropriate occurred between them.
Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women’s New York City chapter called for Lopez to resign on Monday after the allegations.
Lopez was also accused of sexual harassment after he told a 24-year-old intern, Chloe Rivera, to dress “sexier.”
He allegedly pointed to Fisher’s young daughter and said River needed to “dress like that intern” and “should go shopping for sexier clothes.”
After Rivera’s mother heard about the comment she alerted police.
Rivera and another member of the team quit after the allegations were made. They filed a sexual harassment complaint against Lopez and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stripped Lopez of his legislative perks.
It was only a few weeks afterward that it was revealed Lopez had previously been accused of sexual harassment by two other staffers and that they had reached a secret $103,000 taxpayer-funded settlement with Silver.
A six-month probe into the matter was just finished by the state ethics commission, and its findings have been forwarded to the legislative and Assembly ethics panel for possible sanctions.