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Florida politician resigns over accusations she licked men's faces

09 February 2019

A city commissioner in Florida has resigned after the state ethics commission fined her over accusations that she sexually harassed a former city official by licking his face and groping him.

Crawford further alleged that he was not the only man who Oakley "licked" and that she repeated the act with other men over whom she felt she had authority.

City Manager Jonathan Evans plans to hold a meeting Thursday evening for the ethics commission to accept Oakley's resignation and consider a resolution to publicly censure and reprimand her for her alleged behavior, the paper reported.

Three other men have also accused Oakley of licking them against their will. The city commission of Madeira Beach, Fla.

Crawford, 41, who left his post in 2017, claimed in a complaint that Oakley was inebriated when she came up to him and licked the side of his face, starting from his Adam's apple.

According to the ethics commission report, the alleged assault happened during a fishing tournament that was meant to honor a sister city in the Bahamas.

When then-city clerk Cheryl McGrady, whom Crawford later married, told Oakley that her conduct was inappropriate, the city commissioner allegedly called the woman a 'f***ing b****' and took a swing at her, but missed.

Oakley survived a recall effort in 2018 but did not run for re-election to her seat.

She also called her resignation "a hard decision" that she made to "still the controversy" over her alleged behavior, the outlet reported.

According to Spectrum News 9, city leaders are moving forward without Oakley on the commission.

Crawford, fearing retribution, did not immediately report the incident because Oakley was one of his superiors, the station reported.

If Oakley had not resigned, she would have only served until March, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida politician resigns over accusations she licked men's faces