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Lyman "Robby" Robinson

Lyman “Robby” Robinson resigned from his job as Goodhue County Veterans Services officer in May in the wake of complaints alleging sexual harassment from several female veterans service officers. (Photo courtesy of Star Tribune)

A top official overseeing veterans' benefits in Goodhue County resigned from his job in May in the wake of complaints alleging sexual harassment from several female veterans service officers.

Lyman "Robby" Robinson, a former mayor of Cannon Falls, quit his $112,000-a-year job as the county Veterans Services officer (CVSO) after several women accused him of improper conduct at a conference in Mankato in mid-April, according to records obtained by the Star Tribune. Robinson also resigned from his role as president of the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers.

This wasn't the first time Robinson, 60, has been accused of sexual harassment.

The county settled a complaint in 2014 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after his assistant, Heidi Krause, filed a sexual harassment complaint against him for allegedly staring at her breasts. And in 2010, Robinson was reprimanded after a Washington County internal investigation substantiated allegations of sexual harassment against him when he worked there as a CVSO for four years, according to a report in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Robinson, reached by phone Thursday at his home in Cannon Falls, declined to comment and hung up.

Krause — Robinson's former assistant in Goodhue County — said she's so upset about the alleged harassment allegations that she took a medical leave.

The full story is available from the Star Tribune.

Star Tribune reporter Dan Browning can be reached at dbrowning@startribune.com.

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