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New investigation concludes Sen. Baumgardner created offensive work environment at Capitol

Bente Birkeland < br> KUNC

Randy Baumgardner pictured in 2012.

An investigation has determined that eight people’s allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from Sen. Randy Baumgardner were credible.

The findings, by Littleton-based Alternative Dispute Resolution Inc., an independent firm, are in addition to earlier allegations a separate company found to have more likely than not occurred.

The ADR report covers two separate complaints.

For one of them, it said Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican, created "an intimidating, offensive, and hostile work environment" for five non-partisan Senate staffers in 2016, and "substantially interfered" with one woman's work performance. The report found it credible that he also had a nickname associated with his behavior, the "boob grabber."

"I find Baumgardner engages in an unsettling pattern of inappropriate and offensive behavior toward women consistent with his reputation described by [two witnesses]," stated investigator Kathryn Miller with ADR.

Read the rest of this report at kunc.org.