A Kansas City minister and the president of the State Board of Education has resigned amid disturbing allegations.
Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he accepted the resignation of Stan Archie, who represented the 5th Congressional District on the board.
"Strengthening our public education system is a fundamental priority of my administration, and there are several key areas to address in the coming months.
"The State Board of Education will continue to have a crucial role in these matters, and it is important for the board to have a clear focus without distraction from its mission. I will be moving forward with consideration of a new appointment to this board."
Archie submitted his resignation following new allegations. The allegations are spelled out in a lawsuit against him, allegations of serious sexual misconduct and defamation with a young girl, starting when she was 15.
Defense attorney Michael McCausland said in a statement that "the potential distraction caused by the recent lawsuit" was Archie's reason for resigning.
"While Reverend Archie denies the allegations made and believes ultimately the allegations will be proven false, he believes it is in the best interests of both the Board and the children of Missouri that he step down at this time."
In a statement to the Kansas City Star, Archie denied any wrongdoing and said, "This is a splinter faction from the church that was disgruntled and, in their attempt to defame us, they'll do anything possible. Their objectives are very clear: defaming me and getting money."
In an earlier statement to KCTV5, McCausland said, "These allegations are false and we expect Rev. Archie and the church to ultimately be vindicated."
Christian Fellowship Baptist Church is also being named as a defendant in the lawsuit because it's alleged the church either knew or should have known about Archie's alleged actions and almost all of the misconduct took place on church-owned or controlled property.
There's no word on how much is being asked for in damages, but plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial.
Archie was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2006.
Click here to read a copy of Archie's resignation letter.
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