Sec. of State resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

Sec. of State resigns amid sexual harassment allegations
Sec. of State Tom Schedler

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - - Louisiana's secretary of state has resigned amid continuing fallout from sexual misconduct accusations by an employee.

This comes after government emails from Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office revealed years of sexual advances towards a secretary.

"I leave office with a heavy heart knowing I have disappointed the people in my life who care for me most," Schedler said in a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Schedler for months refused to step down from his position after a former employee accused him of making unwanted sexual advances against her for years and abusing his position.

Edwards, State senators Sharon Hewitt and Karen Carter-Peterson, and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy demanded that Schedler resign.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations, in February, I called on Secretary of State Tom Schedler to resign. In light of the additional information that has been disclosed, I believe this is the best course of action for Tom, his family, and the state of Louisiana," Edwards said after learning of the resignation.

First Assistant Kyle Ardoin will take over for Schedler and oversee selecting new voting equipment as well as the Mid-Term Congressional elections with fall.

"This has been, and will probably remain, the most important work in my life," Schedler said.

"Tom did the right thing by resigning," Kennedy said.

Here's the full letter to the governor: