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Bedford County DA resigns after being criminally charged

In a statement, Higgins said he tendered his resignation immediately. (WJAC)

BEDFORD - On the same day 31 counts of alleged misconduct while in office were filed against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins, he rendered his resignation.

In a statement, Higgins said he tendered his resignation immediately.

"I have concluded that, in light of these charges, I am not able to effectively fulfill my duties as District Attorney and that my family needs my full attention," said Higgins. "I have been accused of engaging in conduct unbecoming of a District Attorney, but more importantly, unbecoming of a husband and father."

Higgins said he couldn't comment on the validity of the accusations by his attorney. Steven Passarello said earlier Wednesday that Higgins is "absolutely innocent."

In his statement, Higgins said Lesley Childers-Potts will take over duties at the county's district attorney.

"I pray to God for guidance as I work to strengthen my relationship with my family and strive to be the man that they deserve," he concluded in a statement.

Higgins was charged and arraigned Wednesday morning on 31 counts after a state police investigation.

Higgins has served as the county's district attorney since 2004.

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