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Rep. Wu accused of sexual misconduct, resigns

Congressman David Wu said he will resign from Congress after being accused of sexual misconduct by a teenage girl. The teenager called the Congressman's office and left a voicemail message detailing the allegations. Wu told his aides that a sexual encounter occurred but said that it was consensual. The teenager says that it was an unwanted, aggressive sexual encounter.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ordered an ethics investigation. Wu denies that he committed any crimes, but says that he needs to resign in order to defend himself against the serious allegations while also caring for his family.

Wu, 56, was the first Chinese American to be elected to Congress. He is a Democrat from Oregon. The teenage girl is reportedly the daughter of a campaign donor and friend of Wu's. The incident reportedly occurred last Thanksgiving. According to a piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wu has reportedly had mental health troubles in the past. He faced an embarrassing episode earlier this year after a photo he sent to aides of himself in a tiger costume went viral.

Other recent occurrences of sexual misconduct have led to the resignations of additional members of Congress. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York resigned after he acknowledged lying about sending semi-nude electronic photos of himself to women he met through Twitter and other social media sites. Weiner first said that his account was hacked, but later admitted to sending and posting the photos online after more women came forward. Another congressman of New York, Rep. Christopher Lee, resigned this year after a scandal involving e-mails and shirtless photos he sent to a woman through the website, Craigslist.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon Dem David Wu resigns amid sex allegation," Shane Goldmacher, 27 July 2011

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