KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Board of Education president has resigned following allegations of sexually abusing a minor.
Stan Archie, who also serves as pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City, resigned Friday. He was appointed to the state board in 2006.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Archie made lewd comments about his sexual prowess after he began counseling a 15-year-old female member of the congregation, who is now 23. It was the second such lawsuit filed against Archie in a little more than a year.
Archie is also accused of encouraging the teenage girl to act promiscuously and report her experiences to him, often by Skype. He also allegedly told the girl he used to be a pimp and viewed himself as her surrogate father.
The lawsuit claims that Archie told her that he was "next to God," and that the sexual acts were "a Holy thing."
The church was also named as a defendant.
Archie's attorney Michael McCausland told 41 Action News the allegations are false. He issued the following statement after Archie announced his resignation Friday:
Reverend Archie has advised Governor Nixon that due to the potential distraction caused by the recent lawsuit, he is resigning as both President and Board member of the Missouri State Board of Education. 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. This will allow the good work of Missouri's State Board to continue without such distractions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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