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California investigates senator's behavior to female staffer

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By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles-area state senator is being investigated for allegations he engaged in inappropriate behavior toward a young female staffer.

A Senate spokesman says Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza has been the target of an internal investigation for six weeks. Allegations that Mendoza invited the female employee to his home in Sacramento were first reported by the Sacramento Bee Thursday.

Mendoza shares an apartment with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. A spokesman for de Leon says the leader was unaware of the alleged invitation.

The young woman, who was not identified, was working at the Capitol through a Senate fellows program run in partnership with California State University-Sacramento.

Spokesman Brian Blomster says the university is also investigating.

Mendoza says he would never knowingly abuse his authority.

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