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Rep. David Wu Resigns amid Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman David Wu, D-Ore., is resigning his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following an accusation of sexual misconduct with a young woman.

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for an ethics investigation into the accusations that the congressman actively engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with a donor’s daughter.

"The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office," Wu said Tuesday in announcing his resignation. "I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

Earlier this year, Wu, a father of two, admitted to sending late-night emails to staffers, including one with a photo of himself dressed in a tiger costume.

“I did some things, I said some things which I sincerely regret now,” the congressman told ABC News in February. “And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help.”

On Tuesday, Wu said the “wellbeing of my children must come before anything else.”

“With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.”

Wu told ABC News earlier this year that he was being treated with medication and counseling after his staffers staged an “intervention.”

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