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Wu to resign after sex allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oregon Congressman David Wu is becoming the second House Democrat in the last six weeks to have to resign as a result of a sex scandal.

Wu announced today that he'll leave office amid the political fallout from the allegations of an 18-year-old woman that she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him.

Last month, New York's Anthony Weiner resigned after sending lewd photos of himself through Twitter.

Wu had said yesterday he would stay in office but not seek re-election. But in a statement today, he says he's resigning as soon as the debt-ceiling crisis is resolved. He says he's doing so for the well-being of his children.

Wu's hometown newspaper, the Oregonian, reported that the woman decided not to press charges because there were no witnesses. It also reported that Wu told senior aides that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Wu separated from his wife more than a year ago. He was elected to Congress in 1998 as the first Chinese-American to serve in the House.

Oregon's Democratic governor will set the date for a special election to replace him.

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