A conservative Christian politician in the United States has resigned after he was found engaging in sexual activity with a man in his office.
Republican Ohio state representative Wes Goodman, 33, who is married to a woman, resigned on Wednesday in the wake of the cheating scandal.
The incident, which was described as an “inappropriate interaction” with an unnamed adult male and an “activity unbecoming of a state representative” took place a few months ago but only came to light this week.
The man is not believed to be a state employee or fellow politician and the incident was said to be consensual.
In a statement, Goodman said: “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life.
“That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry.”
Goodman has sold himself as a politician espousing conservative values of heterosexuality, traditional marriage and “religious liberty”.
His website, which now appears to have been suspended, describes him as: “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican.”
It states that he supports “the ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community”.
Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger said in statement that he had met with Goodman, who had “acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.”
Rosenberger added: “It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”
Goodman is the second Republican lawmaker to resign in the last few months due inappropriate sexual behaviour. Senator Cliff Hite was accused of repeatedly propositioning a female state employee for sex.