Sen. Schoen submits official resignation letter

- State Senator Daniel Schoen submitted his official resignation to Governor Mark Dayton Monday afternoon after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Accusations of misconduct were first reported by MinnPost last month. Rep. Erin Maye Quade also told Fox 9 she received a series of inappropriate text messages from Schoen.

About two weeks ago, Schoen's attorney confirmed he would resign from his post, but said the harassment "never happened" and everything was "taken out of context". Schoen will continue to serve as a Cottage Grove police officer.

Schoen wrote the following letter:

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the constituents of my community for five years. I am proud to say I was elected by a community of my peers to serve the greater public good, which I will continue to do as a peace officer.

"I hereby tender my resignation from the Minnesota State Senate effective December 15, 2017."

Dayton set a special election on Feb. 12 to fill the seats of Sen. Schoen and State Rep. Tony Cornish, who also faced accusations of sexual misconduct. Cornish had already resigned from office.

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