07/22/2013 11:35 EDT | Updated 09/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta MLA to stay on despite prostitution charges

Mike Allen is staying on as MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo despite facing prostitution charges.

A byelection would be costly, Allen told a news conference at his constituency office this morning.

He said he'll continue to consult with the community before deciding his future.

Allen was arrested in a prostitution sting in St. Paul, Minnesota, while attending a conference as a representative of the Alberta government.

Allen left the Progressive Conservative caucus last week. He also repaid his expenses to the Alberta government for the trip.

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