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Mo. Education Board President Facing 2 Lawsuits Resigns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri State Board of Education has resigned after a second lawsuit accused him of using his position as a pastor to engage in sexual misconduct.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday he accepted the Rev. Stan Archie’s resignation. Nixon says the board needs “to have a clear focus without distraction from its mission.”

Archie leads Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City. He was appointed to Missouri’s education board in 2006 and began serving as president this month.

A former congregant alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Archie made lewd comments about his sexual prowess after he began counseling the now 23-year-old plaintiff when she was 15.

Archie also is accused of encouraging the teenage girl to act promiscuously and report her experiences to him.

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