An Arizona official has resigned as he faces felony charges from three states stemming from an adoption fraud scheme, AZCentral reports.
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen resigned after months of him saying that he would not do so. He was suspended in October after he was arrested.
In a statement, Petersen said he is an “innocent man, but the media and the Board of Supervisors have presumed my guilt rather than my innocence in this matter.”
Petersen faces felony charges in Arizona, Arkansas, and Utah. In Arizona, he is accused of illegally arranging for 28 pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to fly to the state, where they lived in a house he owned and for a doctor to deliver their babies, then paid for by the state, before placing them for adoption.