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Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. Image courtesy of Jenn Grover/Flickr.

Glenn A. Parno, the chief counsel for oil and gas compliance at Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, resigned Thursday after it was discovered that he participated in explicit email exchanges with co-workers.

Parno previously served as chief deputy for the attorney general’s Environmental Crimes Section.

The emails were uncovered by Pennsylvania’s current state attorney general Kathleen Kane while her office was investigating the state’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, the Associated Press said.

The recovered emails contain pornographic images and videos as well as sexually explicit jokes that were sent using official email accounts and computers, all violations of the state’s internal computer use policies.

Parno responded to the emails he received to indicate that he had looked at them and forwarded the emails to other colleagues in his office.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille ordered the state’s prosecutor to turn over the emails in order to determine if any judges participated in the exchange.

Parno has not commented on his resignation.

No charges or disciplinary actions have been filed.

Secretary of Environmental Protection Christopher Abruzzo also resigned Thursday after he was found to have participated in the exchanges.

The emails were sent when Pennsylvania’s current governor Tom Corbett was serving as attorney general.

Corbett, who running for re-election, condemned the exchanges.

“As I have said, I do not condone or tolerate comments or behavior degrading to individuals, written or otherwise. This type of activity does not belong in the workplace and I find it inexcusable,” Cornett said.

Email records released by Kane show that eight employees who worked at the office of the attorney general during Corbett’s tenure were involved in the exchanges including current Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole member Randy Feathers and former Corbett press secretary Kevin Harley, the Patriot News said.