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Missouri House speaker resigns after intern text messages

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In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, John J. Diehl Jr., center, is sworn in as the Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives during the opening of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City, Mo.(AP file photo). In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, John J. Diehl Jr., center, is sworn in as the Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives during the opening of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City, Mo.(AP file photo).
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) -

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl says he is resigning from office after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern.

Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning both from his House speaker's position and from his elected job as a Republican representative from suburban St. Louis.

Diehl acknowledged "making a serious error in judgment by sending the text messages."

His resignation comes a day after The Kansas City Star released a story accompanied by screenshots of what the newspaper said were electronic messages between Diehl and the intern. Some of the messages were sexually suggestive.

The 49-year-old Diehl had been chosen as speaker in January and was first elected to the House in 2008. He is married and has three children.

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