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Anchorage mayor resigns after admitting to inappropriate relationship

by Irving Colunga (2020-10-23)


The married mayor of Anchorage has resigned after admitting to having an 'inappropriate messaging relationship' with a local TV reporter just days after she made false allegations that he had shared images of his genitals on a website featuring underage girls. 

TV reporter Maria Athens, 41, also posted a naked photo online that she claimed was Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, 58, who on Monday admitted the relationship happened several years ago. 

Berkowitz didn't appear at the meeting of the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday but his chief of staff Jason Bockenstedt read a statement which garnered cheers from attendees.

'It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,' Jason Bockenstedt read before being interrupted by applause and cheering.