Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse (D) said Sunday that he will remain in his first congressional race against Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) Amid an investigation by the University of Massachusetts into allegations that Morse had sex with students while teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Morse denied ever using his position of power as mayor or lecturer to take advantage of students.
“I want to be very clear about that. I have never, in my entire life, had a non-consensual sexual encounter with anyone. “I have never used my position of power as mayor and lecturer at UMass for romantic or sexual gain, or to benefit students,”; he said in a statement. “I have never violated UMass policy. Any claim to the contrary is false. As I have admitted, I have had consensual relationships with other men, including students enrolled in local universities I have met using dating apps. ”
“While I am confident that a full investigation into these matters will completely clear my name of any unethical behavior, I also acknowledge that some students felt uncomfortable with the interactions they had with me. I am sorry for that,” he added. it.
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– Alex Morse (@AlexBMorse) August 10, 2020
Morse underlined his statement to stay in the race stating that it is “unfortunate that these claims came three weeks before the primary because there is not enough time for UMass to conduct an independent review” before the election.
Morse taught a course in Urban Government and Politics over multiple semesters over five years, most recently teaching at the school during the fall semester in 2019.
He was accused by three groups of College Democrats this week of using his position to force students into sex, according to numerous reports. The groups made the allegations in a letter first received from Massachusetts Daily College.
The university said in a statement on Saturday that it had launched an investigation to determine whether Morse’s actions violated Title IX.