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Probe into sexual harassment complaint against Puerto Rico House VP to end this week

By on August 14, 2017

SAN JUAN – The investigation into the vice president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, José Torres Zamora, and the director of his legislative office, Félix Daniel García, for alleged sexual harassment against a subordinate could end this week.

House Speaker Carlos Méndez said the investigator will take fewer than 30 days to carry out the probe, as ordered.

“We are on the 10th day [Sunday] since the investigation began. The information I have is that the report will be sent this very week,” Méndez said Sunday during a press conference at the New Progressive Party Convention, which Torres Zamora did not attend.

The speaker said he would make the report public as soon as it is ready.

Puerto Rico House Speaker Carlos Méndez (Courtesy photo)

The investigation began a week and a half ago per Méndez’s request, after the lower chamber’s protocol for sexual harassment allegations was supposedly initiated.

Back then, the speaker said there wasn’t an ethical complaint against Torres Zamora–who has denied the allegations against him.

Torres Zamora was removed from his post as vice president of the House when the investigation began. The second vice president of that body, Lourdes Ramos, will assume his responsibilities, Méndez said.

The alleged victim’s complaint was revealed on local WAPA TV’s “Lo sé todo”(“I Know Everything”), on which the woman narrated in detail how on Feb. 15 she received a phone call for a job opportunity in the House. After the interview, which García, conducted, he asked to take her contract to her home, where he allegedly touched her.

Although nothing supposedly happened with Torres Zamora, the woman implied he was aware of the situation.

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