State representative resigns over allegations of 'inappropriate behavior'

(Courtesy: The Ohio House of Representatives)

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced State Representative Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) resigned after allegations of "inappropriate behavior" Wednesday.

It is with deep regret that I have asked State Representative Wes Goodman to offer his resignation as a member of the Ohio House. I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office. I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.

Rosenberger said in his statement that Goodman confirmed to him the allegations were true.

In a statement from Goodman, he said he regretted his actions and asked for privacy as he moves onto the next chapter of his life.

Serving as the state representative for the 87th Ohio House District has been one of the great honors of my life. We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.

No details have been released on the details of the alleged misconduct.

The speaker said a special screening panel will be formed in the near future to select a new member for the vacant 87th House District seat.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this developing story.

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