- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Jackson County jury has returned a split verdict in a lawsuit accusing a pastor who’s also a past president of the Missouri State Board of Education of sexual exploitation.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1oh53dB ) the jury ruled Thursday that the Rev. Stan Archie’s Christian Fellowship Baptist Church has to pay a former staffer and her husband $350,000 for misrepresenting that a 2007 church investigation of her abuse allegations was aimed at learning the truth.

Jurors rejected claims alleging that Archie and the church had defrauded the staffer by misrepresenting Archie as a “safe and competent” counselor. The jury declined to consider punitive damages.

Lawyers for the couple, who were not identified, had been seeking $1.5 million.

Archie resigned as Missouri State Board of Education president in January 2013.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com


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