Monroe County legislator will not face criminal charges for sending sexually explicit photo | WHEC.com

Monroe County legislator will not face criminal charges for sending sexually explicit photo

WHECTV
Updated: May 11, 2021 06:04 PM
Created: May 11, 2021 10:14 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday it did not determine County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell committed a crime in sending an explicit photo to a woman.

The DA's office confirmed to News10NBC the information has been forwarded to the Monroe County Ethics Board.

While the ethics boards can determine whether cases violate the county's Code of Ethics, the law does not lay out any specific powers for the board.

Last month, County Executive Adam Bello and fellow Democrats in the legislature proposed an amendment to change that. It would give the board full power to investigate harassment complaints against county employees and hand down punishments.

That proposal is still being considered by the legislature.

Flagler-Mitchell, a member of the Black and Asian caucus, has been accused of misconduct by 19-year-old Lakaya Sinclair, who says that he sent an explicit picture to her.

Flagler-Mitchell did not deny the allegations but said it was a mistake that he's taken responsibility for.

Monroe County Legislature President Joe Carbone previously joined Flagler-Mitchell's Democratic counterparts in calling for an independent investigation into the legislator.


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