The following statement was released this morning by House Speaker Shawn Jasper in response to sexual assault charges made against Rep. Erick Schleien (r-Hudson) by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

“Anytime one of our members faces charges such as these we take it very seriously. The fact that the accusations against Rep. Schleien involve a 16 year old girl is very disturbing, to say the least. But we need not rush to judgement until the investigation is concluded and Rep. Schleien has had his day in court. Obviously if the charges are proven true, I would expect the representative from Hudson to resign from the House immediately.”