Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse (D) said on Sunday he will remain in the preliminary race to enter parliament against Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) Against a University setting Massachusetts is investigating allegations that Morse had sex with a student while teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Morse denied ever using his powers as mayor or as a lecturer to take advantage of students.
“I want to be very clear about this. In all my life, I have never met sexual disapproval with anyone. I have never used my powers as Mayor and a UMass faculty for romantic or sexual purposes, or to exploit students, ”he said in a statement. “I have never violated a UMass policy. Any opposite statement is false. As I have admitted, I have had consensual relationships with other men, including students enrolled at local universities that I have met using dating apps. ”
“While I am confident that a full investigation into these matters will completely erase my name of any unethical behavior, I have also found that some students feel uncomfortable with these issues. the interaction they had with me. I̵7;m very sorry about that, ”he added.
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– Alex Morse (@AlexBMorse) August 10, 2020
Morse underlined his statement about continuing to join the race by saying that “it is unfortunate that these allegations come three weeks before the primary election, as there was not enough time for UMass to proceed. independent reviews “before the election.
Morse has taught a course in Urban Government and Politics for several semesters over the course of five years, most recently teaching at the school in the fall semester of 2019.
This week, he was accused by three groups of Democrats at the University of using his position to force students to have sex, according to reports. The groups made the allegations in a first letter obtained by the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.
On Saturday, the university said in a statement it had opened an investigation to determine if Morse’s actions violated Title IX.