LANSING (WWJ) – State Representative Todd Courser is speaking out for the first time since a sex scandal broke Friday, involving him and a colleague.

The Lapeer Republican, via Facebook, is thanking those who offered him prayers and support over the last few days.

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On Monday, Courser, who is married, released an audio statement, in response to his email outlining a plan to cover up a relationship with State Representative Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell.

“It’s unfortunate that these pieces of information were released and have to play out publicly.”

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“My wife and I have been working for several months to restore our relationship — in marriage — some marriages are easy and some are very hard for others — along the way we have been to several counselors … this have obviously brought out a lot of issues,” said Courser.

“I want to thank all of you who have offered up your prayers and support these last few days; it has meant the world to myself and my family. Given all that is happening around me I have felt it was appropriate to simply take some time and reflect and simply pray. I will try and issue a statement tomorrow…God bless you all and thanks again for your prayers!”

House Speaker Kevin Cotter is calling for an investigation after a conversation, recorded by a Courser aide, was leaked to the media.

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It revealed a plan to distribute a fictional email alleging Courser had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with State Representative Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell.