Sexting St. Louis Co. prosecutor resigns

Sexting St. Louis Co. prosecutor resigns

Sexting St. Louis Co. prosecutor resigns

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A top St. Louis County prosecutor has resigned after his intimate messages to a private paralegal emerged in a federal bribery investigation.

Forty-eight-year-old John Quarenghi left in December after learning that federal investigators were reviewing his electronic communications with the paralegal. Twenty-six-year-old Jillian Nichols was indicted in federal court last week for allegedly promising a sexual assault defendant favorable treatment from an unnamed prosecutor in exchange for $10,000.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the former prosecutor’s lawyer said his client is not a target of the bribery probe and stepped down to avoid embarrassing the office. Quarenghi’s duties included handling sex crimes.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan declined to identify the prosecutor but said that person “was completely innocent with regard to the bribery issue.”

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