08/07/2013 05:39 pm ET Updated Aug 08, 2013

Peter Dowling, Australian Parliament Member, Resigns After Sexting Photo Of Penis In Glass Of Wine


Another day, another sexting scandal.

Australian politician Peter Dowling handed in his resignation after a woman claiming to be his mistress sent a letter to the Queensland parliament detailing their two-year affair and accusing the state MP of using government funds during their trysts. Furthermore, the Courier-Mail reports that it has seen "several explicit text messages sent from Mr. Dowling's mobile phone to the woman, including a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine, a self-shot image of his crotch while wearing boxer shorts, and a full frontal picture of his genitalia."

News of the affair was met with shock and surprise by those who worked closely with Dowling, who served as the chair of the state parliament's ethics committee.

"It has me stumped; Peter is a good bloke, a family man, a Catholic and smart," a senior government official told The Australian. "But taking a picture of your penis in a glass of red isn't the smartest thing you could do -- and I won't be accepting any invitation from him in the future to go for a drink."

Dowling's official website notes that he and his wife, Helen, have been married for 27 years and have two children. In her statement, the alleged mistress says that Dowling had assured her his marriage was purely for show and promised that they would move in together after the election in 2015.

While announcing his resignation on the floor of the parliament, Dowling offered an apology to his family, his colleagues, and his constituents, The Australian reports.

"To Helen, to my children, mum, brother and sister, my extended family and friends, I am sorry for the shame and embarrassment I have caused you. I am not proud of the events plastered all over today's paper and I cannot and will not defend any part of it," Dowling said. He also denied the allegations of misusing parliamentary funds in the affair.

This recent instance of salacious selfies comes on the heels of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's latest extramarital sexting scandal.

Like Weiner, Dowling could be in for further embarrassment. Not only does his alleged mistress claim that she is "one of a number of women" with whom the state MP was unfaithful, Dowling could also find himself at the center of a government investigation. The Brisbane Times notes that the parliament clerk is looking into the woman's allegations that she "enjoyed the people's money" in their affair.

It's unclear whether Dowling misappropriated funds, but given his sexting habits, one thing is certain: his constituents will never look at coq au vin the same way again.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify that Dowling is a member of the Queensland parliaments and not Australia's national parliament.


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