Embattled Arkansas Lawmaker Seeks To Leave Leadership Post

Mar 16, 2015

Rep. Justin Harris and his wife speaking to reporters on March 6 at the Capitol.
Credit Arkansas Times

An Arkansas lawmaker who gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually assaulting one of the girls plans to resign from two leadership posts.

A House spokeswoman said Monday that Republican Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork told House leaders that he wants to step down as vice chairman of the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee and from the Joint Performance Review committee.

Harris has said he gave his two adopted daughters to the man in 2013 because he perceived the girls as a threat to his biological children. The man later pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting one of the girls and two other girls.

It's unclear why Harris stepped down. His attorney declined to comment.