Louis Magazzu, NJ Democrat, Resigns Amid Sexting Scandal

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Louis Magazzu, a Cumberland County Freeholder from southern New Jersey, resigned yesterday amid allegations he sent nude photos of himself to a woman in Chicago.

The 53-year-old father held an elected office. Philly.com reported that when the sexting allegations were brought to the attention of Freeholder Director, Bill Whelan, Whelan asked for his resignation. The paper quoted Whelan as saying,  “I asked Mr. Maggazu to step down three weeks ago. At the time he said 'no.' Now that he has, I'm relived for the people of Cumberland County. I hope we can put all this behind us.”

The New York Daily News reported that Carl B. Johnson, of Millville, posted the photos on his website, Magazzuwatch.com, and quoted Johnson as telling the Associated Press, “He should have stepped down a long time ago for many reasons. His brand of politics is harmful to the entire political process. I'm sorry it had to happen this way."

MSNBC published excerpts of Magazzu’s resignation letter:

“Unfortunately, in my personal life, I did not always demonstrate the wisdom and balance that I expected from myself, and that the people of Cumberland County deserve and have every right to expect.

“As a consequence, a woman who I have never met personally, but have corresponded with on the Internet for several years, has recently shared some photographs which she requested and that were intended only for her eyes. I did not know that she was working with an avowed political enemy to distribute these pictures. I have retained counsel to determine what laws may have been broken by the unauthorized distribution of those pictures. No government services or equipment were used by me when taking the pictures or transmitting them to the woman in question. “To spare those I love further pain, and to hopefully begin the process of healing, I hereby resign, as Freeholder and from all other affiliated positions, effective immediately, so that I may privately, through counseling and the grace of God confront my personal responsibilities.” Magazzu claims that incident was orchestrated by a political enemy. The Daily Journal reported that Magazzu’s attorney, Rocco C. Cipparone Jr., said Johnson may face civil and criminal liabilities for posting the photos online.
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