Montgomery, AL (EETV) - The Alabama Ethics Commission have found probable cause that Governor Robert Bentley has violated ethics laws.

The Ethics Commission met for 10 hours today behind closed doors to determine if Bentley has broken state laws after a phone call surfaced of him making sexually charged remarks to former top aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed an ethics complaint last March against Bentley, accusing him of using state resources to pursue a relationship with Mason. Bentley used campaign funds to pay $8,912 in legal expenses for Mason last year. 

The commission has approved charges against Bentley for violating ethics laws and campaign finance laws. It has now been referred to the state attorney general's office.

The Alabama House Judiciary Committee is also considering impeachment charges against the governor. Those hearings are tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday. 



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