07/16/2013 06:37 EDT | Updated 09/15/2013 05:12 EDT

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

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.