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Lukens faces investigation on new sex charge

The House Ethics Committee voted Monday to investigate new charges that Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens, convicted last year of a sex offense back home in Ohio, sexually harassed a Capitol employee. "The committee has received additional evidence indicating that Rep. Lukens may have made unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances to a congressional employee," the committee said.

Sources said Lukens recently fondled and propositioned a young elevator operator, giving her his business card. She reported the incident to her supervisors, and one source said there was a witness.

Although the House was in session, Lukens was not on the floor. His office issued a statement in his name.

"My attorneys have advised me that since little or nothing is known about the new allegation, there will be no comment until we have more information," the statement said.

Lukens, 59 and divorced, lost in the Republican primary in Ohio earlier this year and will be leaving Congress at the end of the year. However, the committee appeared to be expediting its schedule to take action, ordering Lukens to appear under oath today.

Lukens was convicted last year of contributing to the unruliness of a minor for having sex with a 16-year-old girl at his Columbus apartment in 1988. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500 but is free on appeal.