Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, a married father of three, appears to have taken part in a sexual relationship with a college freshman who was a participant in a Missouri Capital internship program.
A pervy Republican lawmaker in Missouri was caught in a lurid tryst with a college-aged intern after racy texts they exchanged were obtained by a local newspaper.
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, a married father of three, appears to have taken part in a sexual relationship with a college freshman who was a participant in a Missouri Capital internship program that was shut down last month, the Kansas City Star reported Thursday, citing steamy texts the two sent.
“That suit and tie combo is sexy and you look great,” the intern, who The Star has not named, allegedly wrote in one text.
“God I want you right now,” Diehl, 49, writes at another point.
“I wish you could have me right now,” the girl responds.
“Will have my way with you,” Diehl later responds.
“Soon enough,” the intern says, prompting another lustful reply from the lawmaker:
“And leave you quivering,” he writes.
At another point she writes, “Better take care of me.”
“Like how?” Diehl allegedly responds.
“I bet you’ll figure it out,” she writes, adding, “Thus far, you’ve done pretty well.”
“I kinda want to hear what you are expecting,” Diehl writes.
“I just want you to be in charge. After all, I do like a man in charge,” the girl writes.
The Star’s exposé, which included multiple pages of texts between the pair, produced a quick and remorseful apology from Diehl, who, in a statement, said he exercised “poor judgment.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down,” Diehl said. “I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness.”
“I will begin immediately working to restore the trust of those closest to me, and getting back to the important work that is required in the final days of session,” he added.
The intern, meanwhile, told The Star the text messages were “not real.” According to the newspaper, however, she had bragged to friends that she had a relationship with the politician and has hired a lawyer .
The revelation of the lurid texts comes just days after Missouri Southern State University ended its Capital internship program a month earlier than scheduled for unspecified reasons.
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