Monroe County lawmaker admits sending inappropriate photo, says photo was for wife

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A lawmaker in the Monroe County Legislature is admitting to sending an inappropriate photo to “an individual with whom [he] was working.”

Ernest Flagler Mitchell (D-29), a Monroe County lawmaker who has been in the legislature since 2015, released a statement claiming an inappropriate photo was meant for his wife.

“I continue to acknowledge this mistake and I remain truly and sincerely embarrassed it occurred,” said Flagler-Mitchell in a statement Saturday, “but I took full responsibility at the time, made immediate amends, made full disclosure to those involved and deleted the mistake as soon as I realized it occurred.”

Read Flagler-Mitchell’s full statement below:

Flagler-Mitchell accused “politically connected individuals” of blackmailing him over the information, allegedly pressuring Flagler-Mitchell, along with other caucus members, to abandon the legislature’s Black and Asian Caucus.

The Monroe County Democratic Committee did not provide any further information or a statement on the situation after News 8 reached out for a comment.

In a letter released to the media, an individual accused Flagler-Mitchell of sexual harassment and sending unsolicited inappropriate photos. The letter was addressed to Monroe County lawmakers.

Read the individual’s full letter here:

The Monroe County Democratic Caucus sent out a statement Monday in response to the allegations. It reads:

Legislators hold a position of trust, and we are obligated to hold ourselves accountable.
Tomorrow we will formally request that Monroe County Legislature President Joe Carbone
investigate the serious and disturbing allegations of misconduct by Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, made by [name redacted], who showed courage in coming forward.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 8 as we continue to update it.

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