TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Democratic lawmaker resigned Friday over suggestive and harassing text messages he sent to a married federal prosecutor using a hidden identity.

Rep. Richard Steinberg said his resignation is effective immediately and asked for privacy while he deals with his personal affairs. The 39-year-old from Miami Beach is married and has a young daughter. He left the Capitol after The Miami Herald reported the story Wednesday and issued an apology.

“The events of the past week have been difficult for my family, for me and for everyone involved,” Steinberg said in a written statement. “As I did earlier this week, I want to once again, very directly and sincerely, apologize to everyone I have hurt.”

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