- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo says her chief of staff has resigned amid allegations of assault and nonconsensual sexual contact.

Bordallo announced Friday morning that 58-year-old John Whitt had resigned, The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1KV84fL).

“I have a responsibility to represent and advocate for our people to the best of my abilities and unfortunately the pending allegations against John could detract from carrying out those responsibilities,” Bordallo said in a statement.

Whitt was arrested in April in Maryland. He faces charges of second-degree assault and a sexual offense in the fourth degree, which under Maryland law is defined as engaging in nonconsensual sexual contact. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Bordallo has appointed her legislative director, Matthew Herrmann, as acting chief of staff.

“I appreciate the many years of service that John has provided to me and the people of Guam throughout his career in public service,” Bordallo said. “John was a trusted adviser and his counsel was instrumental to carrying out my duties as Guam’s representative in Congress.”

In 1987, Whitt pleaded guilty to a harassment charge and was sentenced to two years of probation.

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