Democrat Mike Sprinkle resigns from NV Assembly

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, D-Washoe County, has announced his resignation from the legislature. The resignation follows allegations of sexual harassment.

NV Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle's desk sits empty after the Washoe County Democrat announced his resignation.

Sprinkle released the following statement through the Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus:

“In light of the growing sexual harassment claims against me I will be resigning from my position as state assemblyman effective today. I consider myself to be a caring and compassionate person who has worked hard to serve the people who have elected me to office. I am truly disappointed in myself for anything that I have done to discredit the legislature or the state of Nevada. As for the claims against me, I am so sorry that anyone ever felt harassed or threatened by me. While that was never my intention, I am taking full responsibility for my actions and would never discredit the feelings or concerns of someone who felt wronged by me. I will continue to seek therapy to better myself and can only ask for forgiveness from those whom I have hurt but mostly from my family who do not deserve what I have put them through. At this time, I ask the members of the press to respect my family’s privacy."

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson released a statement noting that the Nevada Legislature changed the rules in the last legislative session, creating an "independent investigative process to address complaints regarding the personal conduct of legislators, staff, and lobbyists."

Speaker Frierson's statement also noted, "I am committed to maintaining a workplace where conduct is appropriate, respectful, and free from harassment. I am deeply disappointed to learn of the behavior of a member of this body that led to his resignation."