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The teenage intern who exchanged sexually explicit text messages with married Missouri House Speaker John Diehl - ultimately leading to his reation from his position - has outed herself. Katie Graham, 19, a freshman at Missouri Southern State University, swapped a series of texts with Mr Diehl during her time on the state's Capitol internship program, which began this January.
Some of the messages were sexual in nature, including phrases like, 'We need a lot of time and a quiet room', '[I'll] leave you quivering', 'Wait till I get done with you' and 'Will have my way with you. On Thursday afternoon, father-of-three Mr Diehl announced his reation after apologizing for 'making a serious error in judgement by sending the texts' to the then-unidentified student. And now, just hours later, Miss Graham has revealed herself to be the college intern involved in the scandal - which first came to light on Wednesday - in a statement released through her attorney.
Scroll down for video. Breaking her silence: Katie Graham pictured was the teenage intern who exchanged sexually explicit text messages with married Missouri House Speaker John Diehl - ultimately leading to the politician's reation. Relationship: Miss Graham righta freshman at Missouri Southern State University, exchanged a series of texts with Mr Diehl left during her time on the Capitol program, some of which were sexually suggestive. Outing herself: In a statement on Thursday night, Miss Graham seen with a male companion on Facebook said: 'This is extremely difficult for both families, and I hope everyone can begin the healing process'.
In the statement, distributed by attorney Philip Willoughby on Thursday night, Miss Graham said: 'I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me during this difficult time. Your support means a lot. This is extremely difficult for both families, and I hope everyone can begin the healing process. The teenager, who has taken down her LinkedInadded: 'I strongly support the Missouri Capitol internship program, and hope it remains a positive experience for other students in the future. The university has declined to divulge its reason for halting its program.
On her Twitter profile, Miss Graham describes herself as a Democrat - and frequently retweets news about state politics. In her profile picture, she is seen beaming next to a male companion, who has his arm slung around her. Miss Graham is also pictured online posing alongside Mr Lant at a political event in Missouri.
During his announcement on Thursday, Mr Diehl revealed he is not only stepping down as House Speaker, but also from his elected job as a Republican representative from suburban St. The year-old father of three acknowledged 'making a serious error in judgment by sending the texts' to Miss Graham, telling The Associated Press it had called Sex chat with girls from Graham Missouri question his 'ability to lead'. Couple: Despite Mr Diehl's admission to sending inappropriate texts to Miss Graham, his wife Kelly left - with whom he has three sons - still uses a photo of herself and Mr Diehl right as her Facebook profile photo.
Mr Diehl said he would leave the intern 'quivering'. Intern: Miss Graham pictured, left, in a Twitter photo said in her statement: 'I strongly support the Missouri Capitol internship program, and hope it remains a positive experience for other students in the future'. It's one that calls into question my ability to lead. Mr Diehl's reation became official on Thursday night, when Todd Richardson, 38, was named as Sex chat with girls from Graham Missouri successor at the statehouse. Mr Richardson is expected to be elected by the full House Friday.
Legislators face a 6pm CDT Friday deadline to pass legislation this year. On Wednesday, The Kansas City Star ran an explosive story about Mr Diehl and Miss Graham's relationship, accompanied by screenshots of what the newspaper said were texts between them.
Several of the messages were sexually suggestive in nature. Despite Mr Diehl's later admission to sending inappropriate texts to Miss Graham, his wife Kelly - with whom he has three sons - still uses a photo of herself and Mr Diehl as her Facebook profile photo.
Democratic lawmakers had launched an effort to try to remove Mr Diehl from the speakership, and Governor Jay Nixon had described his conduct toward the intern as 'inappropriate and troubling. Following the publication of the story, Mr Diehl, who lives in Town and Country with his family, issued a statement apologizing for his conduct, while appealing to his colleagues to support him.
Classmates: This photo, captured inside the Capitol, is currently Miss Graham's cover photo on Facebook, where she uses the name 'Katelyn Graham'. The teen is seen far left alongside MSSU's other three interns.
Married: This is the photo that Mrs Diehl continues to use as her Facebook profile picture - despite the scandal. He added: 'I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. Republicans had publicly continued to back Mr Mr Diehl's leadership, and the politician himself indicated on Wednesday evening that he intended to remain as speaker.
On Thursday, Mr Diehl said none of the other Republicans in the House had asked him to re, but he had decided to do so after further evaluating the situation. He later added: 'You can talk the talk or walk the walk. I made a mistake, I don't think it disqualifies me, but I think it certainly violates the high standards that I've set for myself and this body and this office, and I'm embarrassed by it.
I'm sorry. Sex text scandal: Mr Diehl, 49, a married father of three, is pictured speaking in his Capitol office on April Replacement: Mr Diehl's reation became official on Thursday night, when Todd Richardson center was named as his successor at the Jefferson City statehouse. Mr Richardson will immediately take over the role. Some of Mr Diehl's colleagues who had remained publicly loyal said Thursday that they also supported his choice to step down.
Scott Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Shell Knob. The messages between the middle-aged politician - who was born in St Louis and has three sons: SamJosh and Daniel - and the college-age intern included some sexually suggestive discussions. They also revealed what The Star described as a 'flirty rapport', suggesting an intimate relationship. Mr Diehl appears to have saved the girl's under 'Frank Underwood' with a smile emoji next to the name, evoking the Machiavellian main character at the center of Netflix series House of Cards.
Mr Diehl: 'Once I start I cant stop'. Miss Graham: ' Oh good. Didn't seem that way in your office'. Mr Diehl: 'God I want you right now'. Miss Graham: 'I wish you could have me right now'. Mr Diehl: 'Damn We need a lot of time in s sic quiet room'. Miss Graham: 'That sounds amazing'. Mr Diehl: 'Will have my way with you'. Congratulations: Mr Richardson, center, receives congratulatory handshakes from other lawmakers in the House Lounge after he was named Missouri House Speaker on Thursday night following the text scandal. Announcement: Mr Richardson addresses the media during a press conference after he was named Speake.
Mr Diehl: 'And leave you quivering'.
Another conversation, also obtained by The Star, saw the intern take charge. Miss Graham: ' I just want you to be in charge. After all, I do like a man in charge. I haven't had the opportunity to do a lot and I like that you are experienced and want to live out some of your expertise.
Mr Diehl responded: 'You will be in good hands. Miss Graham: 'Normally I like being in control of everything in my life but I guess I'll let you have control for a bit. Mr Diehl, an attorney by trade, lives in Town and Country, a suburb of St.
Louis, with his family. The revelations about him came as lawmakers — already tense and tired — worked toward a Friday deadline to pass legislation. Mr Diehl skipped the final vote Wednesday on a highly contentious priority of GOP leaders that would make Missouri a right-to-work state - banning mandatory union fees.
The politician's reation adds to a tumultuous year in Missouri politics. In February, State Auditor Tom Schweich, who was seeking the Republican nomination for governor, fatally shot himself after alleging a top GOP official was leading a smear campaign against him. A month later, Schweich's spokesman also died in a suicide. Mr Diehl is pictured here in Jefferson City on January 7.
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