Ex-Missouri House speaker accused of having an affair

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, who resigned after acknowledging exchanging sexually charged text messages with an intern, also had an affair with a staff member for Gov. Jay Nixon, according to a police report released to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The article states that the affair was revealed when the woman, who Diehl allegedly had an affair with, filed a police report that she had been assaulted after a night out that involved drinking, but could not remember the details of the night that she believed the assault happened.

St. Louis Post -Dispatch reports that police began an investigation into her claim, but did not find anything out of the ordinary. Through the investigation, the woman and Diehl reportedly admitted to having an affair with each other in the past, but said they were no longer physically involved with each other.

The woman never accused Diehl of misconduct.

Diehl resigned in mid-May the day after The Kansas City Star released a story accompanied by screenshots of what the newspaper said were electronic messages between Diehl and the intern. Some of the messages were sexually suggestive.

The 49-year-old Diehl had been chosen as speaker in January and was first elected to the House in 2008. He is married and has three children.