Probe: Youngstown mayor's ex-aide wrongly flirted

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An investigation into alleged sexual harassment by a candidate for Youngstown mayor has concluded the man made inappropriate and flirtatious remarks to a city council employee.

The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/1csr2Xf ) that a probe released Friday into the conduct of DeMaine Kitchen did not address claims that Lyndsey Hughes was also physically harassed.

The investigation was conducted by a former sheriff's deputy hired by the city.

Kitchen had served as Mayor Chuck Sammarone's (sahm-uh-ROHNZ') chief of staff and secretary. He lost a contentious mayor's race in November to Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally.

Kitchen resigned his city job Monday. He didn't return the newspaper's requests for comment.

Text messages retrieved in the probe showed DeMaine told Hughes "I've been attracted" and "it's urs (yohrz) if u ever want it."

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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