Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has resigned this from his office after pleading guilty to misusing state funds to cover up a sex scandal.
Bentley’s resignation comes alongside a deal made with the state attorney general’s office and his attorneys. The deal stated that no other felony charges would be placed if Bentley plead guilty to two misdemeanors, agreed to never hold public office again, repay misused funds and perform community service.
The 74-year-old was accused of having an extramarital affair with his top aid and political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. In a house committee investigation, it was revealed that Bentley called Mason ‘baby’ during meetings. A report also informed that Bentley’s former wife Dianne Bentley discovered the affair when the governor mistakenly sent a text to his wife announcing his love specifically to Mason.
After pleading guilty and being booked into Montgomery County Jail, Bentley officially announced his resignation.
“I have decided it is time for me to step down as governor,” said Bentley. “I’ve not always made the right choices. I’ve not always said the right things. Though I have sometimes failed, I’ve always tried to live up to the high expectations the people place on the person who holds this esteemed office.”
Thank you, Alabama. From the bottom of my heart. God Bless our Great State. pic.twitter.com/6vxQ5tlkRo
— Dr. Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) April 10, 2017