Republican lawmaker and candidate for governor denies sexual assault allegations

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State Rep. Robert Goforth, a Republican candidate for governor, on Wednesday denied accusations of sexual assault made in an online petition and newspaper interview by a woman with whom he had a relationship a decade ago. The allegations describing two separate assaults in late 2008 and early 2009 were made in recent days by Alicia Whitaker, who first met Goforth when she lived near his family in Somerset. In a prepared statement Wednesday, Goforth said he was unmarried when he and Whitaker had “a brief, consensual relationship.”

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