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Published April 19, 2011, 03:24 PM

Pawlenty Aide Resigns After Arrest

A staffer for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee charged with trespassing and public intoxication after trying to enter a suburban Des Moines home has resigned.

By: Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A staffer for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee charged with trespassing and public intoxication after trying to enter a suburban Des Moines home has resigned.

Eric Woolson, a consultant for Pawlenty's committee, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Benjamin Foster submitted his resignation Saturday and it was accepted.

The committee had suspended the 24-year-old for two weeks without pay following his arrest early April 6. Woolson says Foster later offered to resign after "recognizing the seriousness of the mistake."

Police say Foster was drunk and lost when he tried to enter a family home in Ankeny. His presence alarmed a teenage girl and her father, who held Foster at gunpoint until police arrived.

Online court records show Foster pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.

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