Assemblyman who quit over sexual assault allegations says he was ‘naive’ not to disclose probe

Kevin “Kev” Vuong broke his silence on Friday, saying he was “naive” to not publicly disclose that a sexual assault case against him had been withdrawn. His full statement has been published on his…

Assemblyman who quit over sexual assault allegations says he was ‘naive’ not to disclose probe

Kevin “Kev” Vuong broke his silence on Friday, saying he was “naive” to not publicly disclose that a sexual assault case against him had been withdrawn.

His full statement has been published on his website.

In November, we broke the story that the New Jersey legislator was a key figure in an alleged settlement of a sexual assault case against a fellow staffer in the New Jersey state legislature.

The blog NJ101.5 previously reported that Vuong was accused of sexually assaulting a staff member in the state legislative office. An investigation by the Assembly found Vuong didn’t have to appear in court due to a lack of evidence.

His conduct led Senate President Steve Sweeney to ask for him to resign from his current post, but he refused to step down, saying he would complete his term and ask for his job back.

However, he did not file the necessary paperwork to resign in time, triggering a voting tally to remove him from his job effective Monday.

“On Monday, I faced consequences that I did not feel appropriate,” Vuong said in his statement. “I was inexperienced. I was naive to not recognize that the ongoing media attention caused a collateral impact on many of the constituents that I had pledged to represent. I believe I have made serious mistakes, and as the year ended I felt in danger of not being an effective legislator and being overwhelmed by the media.”

After the post, the Assembly suspended Vuong’s office — he has one full-time staff member — until after the election.

Vuong’s first day in office was not until January.

He previously stated that he would not resign, and now, in his statement, Vuong said he “strongly intends to be as effective and accountable as I can.”

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