SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - State Senator-elect Reynold Nesiba has been reinstated by the South Dakota Democratic Party. The party issued a statement announcing his reinstatement to the Democratic Caucus on Friday.
"To the best of our knowledge, this situation is now resolved and Dr. Nesiba has been cleared of any criminal charges. As a result, we decided to end his leave of absence and reinstate him as a full and active member of our Caucus," the party said in its statement.
Nesiba was not allowed to attend any Caucus meetings, pending the outcome of a sexual contact without consent charge. The Augustana University professor took a leave of absence from both the Caucus, as well as from teaching, during the investigation.
The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office dropped the charge against Nesiba on Thursday, citing inconsistencies in the evidence.
Sioux Falls Police arrested Nesiba on Nov. 14, stemming from an incident on Sept. 26.