KCK elected leader enters guilty plea for disorderly conduct after LEGOLAND outburst

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Wyandotte County elected leader reached a legal resolution for his highly-publicized outburst at LEGOLAND on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Municipal Court.

Tarence Maddox, a commissioner with the Unified Government, entered a guilty plea for disorderly conduct and will have to pay a $200 fine for the August incident at the family attraction.

As part of his one-year probation, Maddox was also ordered to stay away from Crown Center and the LEGOLAND employee involved in the heated exchange.

Maddox's attorney George Thomas said the lesser charge was a positive conclusion to the case. Police had originally cited the KCK elected leader with attempted assault and resisting arrest.

"(Maddox) is looking forward to moving on past this," Thomas said.

41 Action News first broke the story of Maddox's arrest and later was the first to obtain surveillance video of the incident.

The commissioner, elected to the fourth district in 2011, endured several rough weeks surrounding the negative publicity.

Following the LEGOLAND story, other legal issues surfaced from Maddox's past. And in September, the commissioner became the first UG official to receive a public censure for ethics code violations.

Maddox could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

Ryan Kath can be reached at ryan.kath@kshb.com. You can also follow him on Twitter or connect on

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