Anchorage mayor resigns amid sexting scandal with local reporter

Anchorage mayor resigns amid sexting scandal with local reporter


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

Ethan Berkowitz’s chief of staff announced the resignation at an Anchorage Assembly meeting, KTUU reported.

“It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as the mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” Chief of Staff Jason Bockenstedt said, reading the statement.

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Berkowitz on Monday said he had a “consensual” but “inappropriate” relationship with Maria Athens, an anchor for the local Fox and ABC affiliated news stations, several years ago.

Athens on Friday posted a video to her professional Facebook page alleging Berkowitz uploaded an illicit photo of himself to “an underage girls website.”

She later posted to the page a nude image purporting to be Berkowitz.

Berkowitz denied Athens’ claims “slanderous” and “categorically false” in a statement released Friday.

Athens had found herself in her own legal trouble Friday, when she was arrested at work later in the day

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