A look at the charges against former Alabama governor

Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey poses for a portrait on 2014 in Montgomery Ala. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide. Lt. Gov. Ivey will

Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey poses for a portrait on 2014 in Montgomery Ala. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide. Lt. Gov. Ivey will

Robert Bentley, 74, who is married and a former baptist deacon, struck up a relationship with 45-year-old Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a married mother of three.

The outgoing governor, who is leaving office in the middle of his second term, has been plagued by scandal since the revelation of an affair with his former senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, came to light a year ago. He agreed not to seek public office again.

The plea agreement specified that Bentley must surrender campaign funds totaling almost $37,000 within a week and perform 100 hours of community service as a physician. Ivey, 72, will be Alabama's second female governor, following Democrat Lurleen Wallace, according to the Huffington Post.

"I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama's governor", Bentley, a Republican, said in a brief statement that left out why he had resigned. "I've not always made the right choices. I love that too", Bentley said in one audio recording. He stated further that though he failed sometimes, he has always tried to achieve the high expectations which people place on individuals holding high esteemed offices.

Tuesday was a busy day for new Governor Kay Ivey, her first full day as Alabama's chief executive.

"Today is both a dark day for Alabama, yet also one of opportunity", Ivey said, adding that her "administration will be open, it will be transparent and it will be honest". Her first priorities as governor, she said during a short televised speech, are to "steady the ship" and to improve Alabama's image.

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Ivey, 72, was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the conservative southern USA state by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart. It's possible Ivey will not accept some resignations, Jones said.

It was a stunning reversal for Bentley, dubbed the "Luv Guv" by some local media and bloggers, who said as recently as Friday he would not step down.

On Monday, Ivey became the fifth woman to now occupy a governor's mansion, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics. He had not engaged in an extramarital affair, he promised.

But to say the writing was on the wall would be an understatement.

Ivey, who immediately assumed the role of the governor after Bentley's resignation, will hold that position until the next general election in 2018.

One of the new governor's first acts was to fire Mason's husband, Jon Mason, who ran Bentley's volunteerism office.

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"Baby, let me know what I am going to do when I start locking the door", he said during another part of the tape.

But this scandal was about much more than allegations of an affair. An investigation that began with reports about an alleged romance between Bentley and the woman resulted in Bentley's resignation on Monday.

She worked for then-Gov.

On the night of his re-election in the 2014 gubernatorial race, Bentley was allegedly convinced that his opponent had a copy of the recording and told Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier to travel to Greenville to retrieve it. His departure comes after the Republican House speaker and the state's chief justice were also ousted.

UK Telegraph reports that Bentley was also accused of intimidating officials in an attempt to cover it up.

He managed to make it through the rest of the year in the governor's mansion, but he was in a state of limbo. Jeff Sessions was selected by President Trump to serve as US attorney general, Bentley chose Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Sessions in the Senate. Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission cited evidence that Bentley broke state ethics and campaign laws, and the commission referred the matter to prosecutors. The court lifted a restraining order that had prevented impeachment proceedings from getting underway.

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Within hours, Brooks would announce Bentley had pleaded down to misdemeanors.

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