Tennessee: Despite calls from protesters — and the previous House speaker — for his resignation, a state lawmaker accused of inappropriate sexual conduct against multiple teens has been named chairman of an education subcommittee.

Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, has been assigned by newly-elected House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, to lead the [Tennessee] education administration subcommittee.

The announcement came Thursday when committees were assigned on the floor of the House, immediately following required sexual harassment training.

“Matter of fact, his constituents sent him here overwhelmingly,” Casada said when asked about the assignment after the day’s session. “It is an accusation, but we cannot make actions on accusations.”

Both former [Tennessee] House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, called for Byrd’s resignation last spring after a WSMV report detailed three women’s sexual assault allegations against Byrd dating back to when he was head coach of the Wayne County High School women’s basketball team.

Read more in The Tennessean


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