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Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for gay Republican candidate

Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for gay Republican candidate

SAN DIEGO — Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into DeMaio’s office.

Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ announcement follows nearly two weeks of explosive allegations traded by DeMaio, 40, and the former aide, Todd Bosnich, in one of the nation’s most closely watched congressional races.

DeMaio, a gay former city councilman, is seeking to unseat first-term Democrat Scott Peters.

Dumanis, a Republican who backed DeMaio in his unsuccessful bid for San Diego mayor in 2012, provided no details, and her office refused to answer any questions, including whether a burglary suspect had been identified. She said in a news release that “no stone was left unturned.”

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman issued a similar statement, calling the investigations thorough but declining to answer questions.

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DeMaio has identified Bosnich as a suspect in the May 27 burglary in which he says phone lines were cut, computers destroyed and a “campaign strategy book” stolen. DeMaio says he fired Bosnich shortly before the burglary for plagiarizing a report on congressional pensions.

Bosnich, also an openly gay Republican, says his former boss repeatedly groped him and made unwanted sexual advances over several months while he worked for him.

DeMaio spokesman Dave McCullough said in an email that the campaign was glad Dumanis found Bosnich’s “politically-motivated smears are without merit.” He did not comment on her decision not to prosecute the burglary.

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