A republican lawmaker has been accused of sexual assault/inappropriate touching, by his own daughter. Minnesota state rep. Jim Knoblach has officially dropped his re-election bid on Friday after he was approached by MPR News (@MPRnews) about allegations made by his daughter that he’d inappropriately touched her for years.

“Her allegations are false.” I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.”

“I could fight on for another six weeks to defend my reputation while running for re-election. But this would entail subjecting my wife, son, and elderly parents, as well as my daughter, to six weeks of extreme stress and scrutiny. I’m also not willing to spend six weeks fighting with my daughter in the media. As a result, I feel I have no choice but to effectively end my campaign today so I can work toward healing my family.” Knoblach said in a lengthy statement released on Friday.

Knoblach’s daughter, Laura, who is now 23-years old, told MPR News that the first memories of her father’s inappropriate touching happened when she was about 9-years old. She said this went on for years. Laura Knoblach vividly described memories of her father coming into her room late at night.

“He would put his arm around me and not let me get up or get away, and he would lick my neck and bite my ear.” Knolbach told MPR in an interview.

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