Pressure mounting on Utah County commissioner over sexual harassment allegation

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – More organizations are lining up to call for the resignation of Commissioner Greg Graves, and this isn’t the first time he’s come under fire.

His fellow commissioners, the Utah County Republican Party and Alliance for a Better Utah are all saying Graves needs to go.

“We really call on Commissioner Greg Graves to resign, because he has these accusations against him. And, the investigation shows that he’s systemically abusing his position of power, and he demeans and belittles all of his employees,” said Laura Boyer with ABU.

The allegations are outlined in an investigation report and complaint recently released by the Board of Commissioners.

In the complaint the victim says, “he told me I was not hired for my looks, even though he knows I must have been at previous jobs.”

She also recounts an incident from May, 2017. “We were (my superior and I) in a golf cart together and the superior rubbed my leg just above the knee and laughed and said, “don’t show it if you don’t want it touched.”

“As we’ve seen throughout the nation and in our state, it’s becoming more and more common to get these accusers coming forward. Therefore, we need to really listen to their stories and believe them,” said Boyer.

This isn’t the first time Graves has been in question. In 2015, he was linked to an account on the cheating website Ashley Madison. He admitted to having the account, but denied having an affair.

Still, Boyer says it shows a pattern.

“Just shows that he lacks respect for women, and that he views them as objects and things to be used for his own sexual desires or pleasures,” said Boyer.

The chair of the Utah County Republican Party says he will pursue censure or even removing Graves from office, if possible.

Commissioners Lee and Ivie also support censure, but they do not have the authority to remove him.

News4Utah reached out to Graves for comment, but he did not respond.

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