(AP) Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene resigned after acknowledging he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenage girl, the newspaper said Sunday.
In a note on the paper’s front page, Editor Ann Marie Lipinski said Greene, 55, acknowledged the sexual conduct with a girl in her late teens whom he met in connection with his column.
“Greene’s behavior was a serious violation of Tribune ethics and standards for its journalists,” Lipinski said. “We deeply regret the conduct, its effect on the young woman, and the impact the disclosure has on the trust our readers placed in Greene and this newspaper.”
The Tribune first heard of the allegation after receiving an anonymous complaint last week, prompting an inquiry by editors and other Tribune officials, Lipinski said in the note. The conduct occurred “some years ago,” she said.
Greene was suspended by the paper, which then sought his resignation. He submitted it Saturday night.
Gary Weitman, a spokesman for Tribune Co., said the newspaper and company would have no further comment. He said Greene did not leave a statement and he did not have a phone number to reach him. Greene did not immediately respond to an e-mail message sent Sunday from The Associated Press.
Greene’s column on social issues and American life appeared in the Tribune four times a week and was syndicated, appearing in newspapers around the country. He also has written several books and provided commentary on Tribune-owned WGN TV.