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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Aid Official Resigns

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. State Department official in charge of foreign aid who had used an escort service owned by a woman charged with running a prostitution operation abruptly resigned, ABC News reported.

Randall Tobias, a deputy secretary of state and the first head of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday "that he must step down" for personal reasons, the State Department said in an announcement.

But ABC reported that Tobias said he had called an escort service several times "to have gals come over the condo to give me a massage."

The escort service, Pamela Martin & Associates, is owned by Jeane Palfrey, who has been called the "D.C. Madam," and faces federal charges of running a prostitution operation in the Washington area from 1993 to 2006.

Tobias, 65, who is married, said there had been no sex and that recently he had been using another service "with Central Americans" to provide massages, ABC reported.

In an interview to be aired on ABC's "20/20," Palfrey said she intended to call on Tobias and other prominent clients to testify at her trial, ABC said.

"I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey said.