Maine lawmaker resigns after allegations of inappropriate behavior
WESTBROOK (WGME) – A Maine lawmaker has resigned, after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Dillon Bates, who represents part of Westbrook, resigned his seat Monday after allegations against him surfaced.
Two and a half weeks ago, an alternative monthly magazine in Portland published a report citing an anonymous teenaged source, who, according to the publication, allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with Bates.
CBS 13 tried to speak with Bates Monday, but he declined and issued a statement.
"The anonymous allegations against me are baseless and false...In my time away from the legislature, I plan to focus on clearing my name."
House Speaker Sara Gideon called on Bates to resign after the report came out.
Monday, she informed House members of Bates' resignation.
CBS 13 asked to speak with Gideon and her republican counterpart, Ken Fredette, both were not available.
Two weeks ago, Bates also resigned from his cross-country coaching position at Massabesic High School.
It is important to note that Dillon Bates has not been charged with any crimes, nor do we know of any criminal investigation into these allegations.
Opinions in Westbrook are mixed. One woman said Dillon Bates was right to resign, but others believe he should be considered innocent until proven guilty.