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Could Sen. Latvala's accusations turn into charges?

Could Sen. Latvala's accusations turn into charges?
Could Sen. Latvala's accusations turn into charges?
Posted at 5:09 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 13:01:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State senator Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday in light of growing pressure to do so following a report recommending a criminal investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

WTXL sat down with state attorney Jack Campbell to learn more about how these allegations could turn into criminal charges.

Campbell says while his office in interested in any criminal conduct that took place in the state's second judicial circuit, it's usually local law enforcement agencies that do the investigating.

The state attorney's office is prosecuting officials in several forms of government and treats all individuals equally regardless of position.

"At this point, I'm not aware of a specific criminal complaint or any of those agencies assigning detectives to look into this matter," said Campbell "Once they investigate it and find out what the facts and evidence are, generally we would be conferred with, and then we could make a decision on whether charges are warranted -- and, if they are, then, we would be the body that would handle the prosecution of that case."

Latvala has said he never intentionally dishonored his family, his constituents or the Florida Senate. His resignation is effective Jan. 5.