Just so we’re all on the same page: Albany County District Attorney David Soares admittedly had sex with a young female staffer. Shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez is accused of trying to have sex with several young, female staffers. Soares now wants to join the team investigating allegations that Lopez tried to have sex with young female staffers.
As we pointed out yesterday, 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!
On the other hand, at least Soares is an expert when it comes to having sex with his employees — which might be the reason he actually asked to tag along with Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan in investigating the allegations against Lopez, despite having no knowledge that any of the alleged victims made claims in Albany County.
Further reading on Lopez’s pervy-ness:
We reported yesterday on rumors that Soares was asked to be a part of the investigation. The rumor, it turns out, is only half true — Soares actually is the one offering himself to the investigation; he wasn’t asked by anyone.
James Odato — while, like the rest of the mainstream media, makes no mention of the fact that Soares has his own dirty history in the sex-with-young-employees department — reports that Soares is the one offering his services, despite not “knowing if Lopez’s accusers have claimed any illegal or improper actions occurred in Albany County.”
Soares, 42, 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. But the fact remains: he had sex with a young, female staffer — and now wants to investigae Lopez.
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.”
Again, just to re-reiterate, the guy who wants to investigate allegations that Lopez tried to have sex with young female staffers is a guy who had sex with a young female staffer!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 6, 2012