WINDSOR, Calif. (KRON) — Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli is speaking out and defending himself after six women accused him of sexual assault.

A special town council meeting was held Wednesday, deciding whether or not to demand the mayor to step down. 

The council voted in favor of removing Mayor Foppoli — 2 yes, 1 no, 1 absent.

This after several women came forward — saying the mayor sexually assaulted them. 

Mayor Foppoli made a statement Wednesday afternoon, continuing to back up his innocence.

“The reason I am not stepping down is that in this case I know the truth of those experiences,” he said.

Foppoli apologized to his family and close friends for having to go through this, then thanked them for standing with him.

“I have my head held high because I know deep in my heart I have done nothing criminally wrong and will eventually be clear,” he said. “I am not without fault — but I am not a criminal.”

One of those alleged victims is Windsor councilwoman Ester Lemus.

Lemus recused herself from the meeting, saying she is part of the ongoing criminal investigation.

She claims Foppoli drugged and assaulted her on two occasions.

During the meeting, the remaining members of the council asked Foppoli to step down, for the sake of the town.

People in Windsor are also getting a chance to share their thoughts and are asking for Foppoli to step down.

A woman, who is a sexual assault victim, not connected to Foppoli joined those calls.

KRON4 first told you the council knew about allegations against Foppoli all the way back in 2017, and then again in 2020.

On Wednesday night, Windsor’s town manager said that letter from 2017, detailing an alleged incident in 2013, was given to then-Mayor Debora Fudge who is a current councilwoman but it was never given to police.

The town manager, Ken Macnab, said the person who wrote it, never wanted Foppoli to face charges, then, or even now.

Foppoli has claimed he never violated any of the women, and that it was consensual. 

The California Attorney General’s office has taken over the investigation.