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The events that led to former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann’s resignation

In May 2008, shortly after three of his aides were fired or resigned after an investigation had found evidence of sexual harassment and other misconduct, Ohio’s Attorney General Marc Dann resigned and admitted to having an extramarital affair with one of his employees.

Dann had lived with two of the aides in an apartment during the most part of his first year in office, and some of the alleged sexual harassment occurred at their apartment.

During an interview for the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations, Dann said that his scheduler, Jessica Utovich, has spent the night at his apartment.

According to the Associated Press:

Investigators found that Anthony Gutierrez, who led Dann’s general services office, violated sexual harassment policy, and Leo Jennings, Dann’s former communications chief, is accused of trying to get a worker to lie when interviewed under oath.

Investigators say Edgar Simpson, Dann’s policy chief, was forced to resign for failing to address inappropriate behavior. Simpson had knowledge of Gutierrez’s history of policy violations, the investigation report said.

Gutierrez was accused by two women he supervised – Cindy Stankoski and Vanessa Stout, both 26 – of making unwanted advances and vulgar remarks.

Stankoski said she went to the apartment near Columbus shared by Dann, Gutierrez and Jennings for pizza and drinks. She said she fell asleep drunk at the condo and when she awoke, her pants were unbuttoned and Gutierrez was lying next to her in his underwear.

When it was apparent Stankoski had too much to drink, arrangements should have been made to get her home, investigators said.

Stout alleged that Gutierrez repeatedly asked her for sex, suggesting she “owed” him for helping her land a state job.

The investigation also found that Gutierrez violated policies that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The report detailed an incident where Gutierrez allegedly was drinking with other employees while driving a state vehicle.

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