Ethics complaint dismissed against Sen. Boulton

An ethics complaint filed against Iowa Senator Nate Boulton (D-Des Moines) that alleged he inappropriately touched a woman at a bar a year before he was elected was dismissed by a legislative panel.

The Iowa Senate Committee on Ethics noted it is limited to actions while in office. Boulton won office on Nov. 8, 2016. He was accused of placing his hand on a woman’s butt at two bars in November 2015.

Boulton withdrew from the race for governor due to the allegations. Boulton has no committee assignments for the 2019 legislative session currently.

Iowa Senator Janet Petersen (D-Des Moines) released a statement commending the women who shared their concerns about Sen. Boulton.

“When women have the courage to come forward to blow the whistle about being harassed, we need to show them there is a pathway to justice,” Petersen said. “I still believe Senator Boulton should resign from the Iowa Senate.”