Anchorage mayor resigns amid sexting scandal with local reporter

The Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska resigned Tuesday night after accepting an “inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local reporter.

Ethan Berkowitz’s Chief of Staff announced his resignation at the anchorage assembly meeting, KTUU reported.

“It is with profound sorrow and humility that I resign as Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” Chief of Staff Jason Bockenstadt read the statement.

Berkovit said on Monday that he had a “consensual” but “inappropriate” relationship with anchor Maria Athens of local Fox and ABC-linked news stations several years ago.

Athens posted a video on its professional Facebook page on Friday accusing Berkowitz of uploading an illegal photo of himself to “an underage girls website”.

She later posted on a page with a nude image that was Berkowitz.

Berkowitz in a statement released on Friday denied Athens’ “profanity” and “manifestly false” claims.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Athens found itself in its legal trouble on Friday after a station manager was accused of molesting her the day she was romantically involved with him.


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