MIAMI – A Florida state lawmaker has admitted he repeatedly sent suggestive, harassing emails to a married female federal prosecutor for more than three months last fall.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Rep. Richard Steinberg, a Miami Beach Democrat, acknowledged through a spokesman that he was responsible for the anonymous messages.
In his statement, Steinberg apologized to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marlene Fernandez, her husband and his constituents as well as to his wife.
“I acknowledge and take full responsibility for sending inappropriate and unsolicited messages to Mrs. Marlene Fernandez-Karvetsos, whom I have known for more than 15 years. I deeply regret and wholeheartedly apologize for the disrespect that I have shown her, her husband and my constituents,” he said in the statement.
“Most importantly, words cannot express how sorry I am to my wife, for the disrespect I have shown her, and my entire family.”
He made his admission after U.S. Secret Service investigators traced the messages to a phone and Internet account registered to Steinberg.
Steinberg did not offer an explanation for the texts.
The Herald reports Steinberg, who was in Tallahassee Wednesday for the 2012 Florida legislative session, has not been charged with anything, although court documents indicate investigators believe he may have been stalking, a misdemeanor charge.
Steinberg is a lawyer, married, who represents parts of Miami Beach in the Florida House. He is a former Miami Beach commissioner.
The Associated Press and CBS4 Miami