The high-stakes drama over pending sexual harassment charges against Sen. Jack Latvala continued to escalate Monday as the Senate staffer making the allegations asked for a security guard and a special prosecutor and Latvala told reporters he wouldn’t step down as he defended against new claims that he is conducting a smear campaign. “Why should I quit, leave town, when I didn’t do it?” a defiant Latvala told a select group of reporters in his Capitol office. As he spoke, retired Judge Ronald V. Swanson continued his investigation into the allegations of Rachel Perrin Rogers, the chief legislative aide for Senate Republican Leader Wilton Simpson. Rogers filed a confidential complaint on Nov. 5, accusing Latvala of numerous instances of sexual harassment, from groping her in a crowded elevator to inappropriate touching in a bar. Rogers publicly came forward last week after accusing Latvala of breaking the Senate confidentiality agreement. In response to her claims, the Senate hired Swanson to conduct an investigation and present a report to the Senate as early as this week. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Simpson, a Trilby egg farmer, had kept a low profile when Rogers kept her identity secret, but after Latvala produced text messages over the past two years that showed that he and Rogers had a friendly relationship, Simpson came out forcefully Monday, blasting Latvala’s tactics. “Rachel has been a trusted and valued member of my team for more than five years,” Simpson said. “Her tireless work ethic has served the people of my district and the state of Florida well. The incidents alleged in the media are disgusting. Since mid-last week there has been a smear campaign launched against Rachel. It must end immediately.” Latvala called the circumstances “unfortunate” but said he had no choice but to ask people to sign affidavits attesting to his character and contradicting Rogers’ claims because many of her allegations rest on her word against his. “I’m in my 16th year here, and I’ve got to protect my own reputation,” Latvala said, adding that damage to his nascent campaign for governor