Man barred from Jefferson City over sexual harassment claims

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) - Some lawmakers and interns working at the Missouri State Capitol building sounded an alarm earlier this week, alerting officials to a man who was sexually harassing people – particularly interns.

"I have never in my time in this job encountered anything quite like this," Missouri House Chief Clerk Adam Crumbliss said.

Officials sought and received a temporary restraining order against David Poger of St. Louis on Thursday. Crumbliss said they received multiple reports in a matter of hours complaining about his actions.

"We felt very compelled quickly to take action to protect the safety and well-being of people here," he said.

Affidavits from several interns cite Poger for making inappropriate comments and even touching one of the interns. Young people, however, were not the only ones who felt uncomfortable.

One female lawmaker said, "I've known (Poger) for several years. He is a creep and has said some inappropriate things to me this year."

The woman said she confronted him and left her alone after that. A male lawmaker said Poger wanted business from his campaign next fall, but he turned him down after he watched his behavior in the House of Representatives side gallery. Websites describing Poger said he worked for several congressmen at various times. However, spokespersons for both Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis and former St. Louis Congressman Dick Gephardt said Poger was never employed in any official capacity. Clay's campaign did say Poger had been paid about $1,400 for work on one campaign fundraising event in 2011.

Meanwhile, Fox 2 News was unable to reach Poger for any comment.