Handling of sex assault claim in state government questioned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state employee says she was sexually assaulted by a man who went on to work in Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration and tried for a year to get authorities to take action but with no result.

Katie Brennan tells The Wall Street Journal she wants to see changes in how such allegations are handled in the state.

The Associated Press does not identify people alleging sexual assault without their consent. Brennan came forward publicly in the Journal interview Sunday.

She says she was sexually assaulted in April 2017 by Murphy campaign staffer Albert Alvarez and went to the hospital and Hudson County authorities.

No charges were filed. Alvarez’s attorney John Hogan told the newspaper he denies wrongdoing.

Alvarez left the state’s Schools Development Authority Oct. 2. Brennan works at the state’s housing agency.

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