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BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania district attorney is resigning after being accused of tipping off female drug dealers and giving them lenient treatment in exchange for sex.

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a courthouse news conference Wednesday that Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins manipulated women for sexual favors, calling it a betrayal of the community.

Higgins faces 31 counts, including witness intimidation, official oppression and obstruction. He is out on bail.

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Higgins’ defense attorney says he maintains his innocence and is raising questions about the credibility of the witnesses against his client. He says Higgins is “devastated.”

Higgins says in a written statement he’s accused of conduct “unbecoming of a district attorney” and “unbecoming of a husband and father.”

The 43-year-old Republican was sworn into office in 2004.

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