Missouri House Speaker John Diehl issued an apology Wednesday afternoon after being named in a sexting scandal with a former state capitol college intern.
Dielh says he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.
His state goes on the say he regrets “this woman has been dragged into this situation”. The Speaker adds,” The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness”
Diehl had to issue the apology after the Kansas City Star broke this story today:
Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month.
The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association.
The texts show occasional efforts by Diehl and the intern to meet in person. They range from mundane chatter, about boring meetings and dreading speeches, to the more sexually suggestive.
. The intern, who has hired an attorney specializing in employment matters, told The Star that the text messages were not real. Meantime, she has told confidants that she had an ongoing relationship with Diehl.