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Washington State Mayor Accused Of Inappropriate Touching

Second woman claims Puyallup mayor touched her inappropriately, A former member of the Puyallup City Council came forward Tuesday to accuse Mayor Rick Hansen of touching her inappropriately.

The stunning accusation came during a Puyallup City Council meeting meant to address a separate incident in which Hansen was accused of inappropriately touching a female city employee.

At the meeting, several attendees took to the podium to address the controversial issue.

Some spoke out in support of Hansen and others were outraged, but the night came to a standstill when Nicole Martineau approached the microphone. The former councilwoman said during her two-year stint on the council, Hansen touched her inappropriately.

"I just want to tell you that in early 2011 you put your hands on both of my shoulders and you shook me back and forth before a council meeting," Martineau said.

After the meeting, Martineau detailed how Hansen allegedly touched her.

"It was prior to a council meeting, we were in our office and I was approached by Mr. Hansen," she said. "He put his hands on my shoulders and shook me back and forth. It made me feel very uncomfortable, so uncomfortable that the next day I verbally reported it to our city manager."

Martineau said the city manager asked her if she wanted him to take action against Hansen, and she declined. She did have a message for the original employee who came forward and filed a complaint against Hansen.

"I appreciate her coming forward. I look back and think maybe I should have formally filed a complaint but I don't think it matters if you have a verbal or formal complaint, what's important is that we educate through this process and learn moving forward," she said.

In May, City Manger Ralph Dannenberg sent Hansen a memorandum to "address concerns recently raised related to your conduct, specifically, boundary issues with female employees." The memo also included a copy of the city's official anti-harassment/anti-disc

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