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Fla. Lawmaker Resigns After Admitting He Sent Anonymous, Flirtatious Texts to Fed Prosecutor


Rep Steinberg/official photo

 By Allan Lengel

A Florida state lawmaker announced his resignation on Friday after admitting that he sent anonymous, flirtatious text messages in 2011 to a married assistant U.S. Attorney, ABC 25 reported. [2]

The admission by Fla. House Rep. Richard Steinberg, 39,  came after the Secret Service traced the unsolicited texts he sent to assistant U.S attorney, Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos, who is married. Steinberg is married and has a daughter, according to the Miami Herald. The texts were sent over a three-month period via phone with software that disguised the number.

NBC Miami reported [3] that the station reported that the federal prosecutor knew Steinberg professionally, but not in an intimate way.

The station reported that some of the messages went like this:

itsjustme24680: sexxxxy mama? 🙂

Fernandez-Karavetsos: How do i know you?

itsjustme24680: Hi…sorry, I missed you… what’s up?