Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota will resign, he announced Thursday, a day after federal prosecutors indicted him on charges of helping to cover up a police chief’s beating and threatening of a suspect.

“I will be leaving my post as district attorney at the earliest opportunity after the resolution of normal administrative matters relating to my retirement,” Spota said in a statement. “The governor will be notified of my decision today. The chief assistant district attorney, Emily Constant, will thereafter assume my duties and responsibilities.”

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