Democratic Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, according to Johnson County Jail records.
Coleman, known as a first-year Kansas lawmaker, was taken into custody on Saturday, Oct. 30, by Overland Park police, The Associated Press reported.
The 21-year-old congressman was rebuked for abusive conduct by his colleagues even before taking office last year. And after the election, Coleman continued to receive a written reprimand from a House committee about his conduct.
The legislative committee had conducted an investigation against Coleman following the allegations that he harassed and threatened girls and women.
Coleman admitted some of the behavior on social media, claiming that he had been a troubled teenager.
House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer called on Coleman to resign.
“He is a danger to women,” Sawyer said in a statement. “His removal is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of legislators and Capitol staff .”
Earlier in October, Coleman was banned from the Kansas Department of Labor’s offices. The agency’s director said Coleman had tried to improperly infiltrate the department’s main office through a secured employee entry and berated a security officer.
Coleman explained that he was trying to help constituents deal with the state’s unemployment system.
Coleman is not married and the disclosure of his situation has not been unveiled. He was being held without bond and what consequences he might face in the House after his arrest was not immediately clear.
“This is extremely disturbing news. We are watching closely to make sure we gather all the facts,” Sawyer said.
“His constituents and the State of Kansas would be better served if he were to resign and get the help he badly needs. Nevertheless, I want to reiterate again that the House Democratic Caucus does not condone this behavior in any way, shape, or form,” the House Democratic leader said.
Kansas’s House Speaker Ron Ryckman said that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate and assess the situation so that they can take appropriate action.