The resignation will come, I expect. He doesn’t need to go to jail, he doesn’t need to go into a hole and die… maybe even with some sincere contrition, and a few years out of the limelight, he could come back as a better person and, potentially, a candidate once again. But the Democratic party can find Mayors and other elected representatives that aren’t harassers or abusers, especially ones that don’t recognize the incredible inappropriateness of sending sexually suggestive texts to a subordinate.
The Denver City Council investigated, at the request of the accuser, whether or not they could remove the Mayor. Their conclusion was that they could not. Looks like the voters would have to recall him but that does not appear to be happening. The fact that there is no widespread call for a recall speaks very poorly for the Mile-Highers.
What came out of the City Council investigation is that there is actually no rule against sexual harassment by a public official in Denver. Thus firing the aide for sexual harassment broke the contract and he was entitled to recompense AND that now Hancock did not (as far as Denver is concerned) violate any ethical rules so it is now a political process.