A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.

Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the “DC madam” who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington’s elite.

Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a ‘family values’ stalwart.

In 2005 he compared same-sex marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devestated his home state of Louisiana.

“It’s the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions,” he said.

Senator Vitter said in a statement today that God had forgiven him for his sins, along with his wife.

“This was a very serious sin for which I am, of course, completely responsible.

“Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counselling.

“Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there – with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.”

Ms Palfrey claims the services she provided were erotic roleplay and not sex, and therefore she is innocent.

She posted over 13,000 phone numbers of clients on the net, forcing Senator Vitter to admit he was a client.

He used the escort service while a member of the US House of Representatives, before he became a Senator.

The former ‘madam’ said she published the numbers, which date from 1999 – 2006, to force clients to testify that her services were legal.