Alberta MLA quits PC caucus after U.S. prostitution arrest

07/16/2013 06:37 EDT | Updated 09/15/2013 05:12 EDT
Alberta MLA Mike Allen has resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus after he was arrested Monday in St. Paul, Minn., in a prostitution sting.

“Today, I informed the Chief Government Whip of a legal incident that I have been involved in,” Allen, the MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, said in a written statement.

“Pending resolution of this incident, I have resigned from the government caucus and all legislative committees effective immediately.”

According to St. Paul Police, undercover officers posted an ad for escort services in a local newspaper. Police allege that Allen answered the ad.

"He did meet with two vice personnel from our police department and made arrangements for a service," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a spokesman with the St. Paul Police Department.

Allen was in St. Paul to attend a legislative conference.