The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that a second special prosecutor has signed on to investigate allegations that shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexually harassed several young, female staffers. What the AP fails to mention is that the new special prosecutor has his own less-than-admirable history when it comes to sex with young, female staffers (read: he had sex with a young, female staffer).
The new addition is Albany County District Attorney David Soares, 42, who was forced to admit last year that he had a long-standing sexual relationship with 26-year-old Stacey Quackenbush, a young legal secretary working in his office at the time.
Unlike Lopez, no allegations of sexual harassment were made against Soares. That said, there are 62 district attorneys in New York — perhaps the one who’s had sex with a young, female staffer isn’t necessarily the guy you want investigating a disgraced assemblyman accused of trying to have sex with young, female staffers!
Further reading on Lopez’s pervy-ness:
Lopez, as we’ve chronicled, is kind of a pervert. Several former female employees of the once-powerful pol have made claims that he sexually harassed them in one way or another — one claims he asked to not wear a bra to work, while another claims he shoved his hand up her skirt.
Two woman who alleged sexual misconduct against Lopez were paid $103,000 in taxpayer money to essentially keep their mouths shut — which probably would have been kept quiet if not for two additional women making claims that Lopez sexually harassed them. Those women claim the harassment occurred just weeks after the state dished out the settlement cash to the initial alleged victims.
Last week, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced that he’s requested that a special prosecutor look into whether any of the claims made against Lopez are criminal offenses. Hynes can’t investigate the allegations himself because he “determined that the support of the Kings County Democratic County Committee, led by Assemblyman Lopez, for my re-election campaign in 2009 and my upcoming re-election (2013) had the potential to create an appearance of impropriety.”
So, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan has been pegged with the task of investigating Lopez’s pervy-ness — and he’s apparently enlisted Soares to help out.
Just to reiterate, the guy who will be investigating allegations that Lopez tried to have sex with young female staffers is a guy who had sex with a young female staffer!