German lawmaker admits to relationship with teen

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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 9:04 AM
German lawmaker admits to relationship with teen

Chancellor Angela Merkel's candidate for the governorship of a German state has withdrawn from the race after admitting he had a relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Forty-year-old Christian von Boetticher was the front-runner for next year's elections in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, representing Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. He withdrew Sunday, saying the relationship was a mistake.

Boetticher said he had been in love with the girl, and in no other relationship. Local media have reported the two met on Facebook.

Boetticher retains his position as a state lawmaker. Merkel's spokesman refused to comment on Monday.