By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

LAKOTA, N.D. (AP) - The Nelson County sheriff in Lakota has resigned in response to a state investigation into a sexual affair that accused him of stalking.

Sheriff Kelly Janke (JAN’-kee) submitted his resignation Friday.

According to documents obtained through an open records request, Walsh County State’s Attorney Barbara Whelan on Wednesday gave Janke until Friday to step down.

She wrote that otherwise, she would charge him with stalking a woman with whom he had an affair in 2010. Whelan wrote that the relationship ended but Janke stalked the woman the following year when she started dating another man.

She declined further comment.

Janke and his lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Commissioners will appoint an interim sheriff Tuesday who will serve until the November election.

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