NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Attorney General Kathleen Kane released the following statement after criminal charges were filed against her by District Attorney Risa Ferman.

“I am very disappointed the district attorney has made the decision to pursue this case. I have maintained my innocence from the day these allegations surfaced and I continue to do so today. I intend to defend myself vigorously against these charges. I look forward to the opportunity to present my case in a public courtroom and move beyond the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that has defined the process to this point.”

Kane adds, “Meanwhile, I remain committed to leading the Office of Attorney General and doing the job the citizens of this Commonwealth elected me to do. A resignation would be an admission of guilt and I’m not guilty.
“I assure everyone the Office of Attorney General will continue to fulfill its mission to protect and serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

Kane was charged with obstructing of administration of law, official oppression, conspiracy, perjury and false swearing.