BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – Some are calling for the mayor of Boiling Spring Lakes to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Mayor Richard White was charged Monday with sexual battery and assault on a female.
At a regularly-scheduled town meeting tonight, some residents spoke up, calling for White to give up his post.
Mayor Pro-Tem Charlie Carroll said despite a couple citizens speaking about the allegations against the mayor during a public comment period, the meeting was "business as usual."
He called it premature to ask White to step down, considering he has not been found guilty of a crime.
"At this point, because there are allegations only, there was no consideration of taking action," he said.
Curtis Ledbetter, a former police captain who worked under White when he was the chief of the department, is one of the residents who said White should step down.
"It is time for Richard to do the right thing, resign from office and leave town, so we can get back to a normal situation here," he said. Of the allegations against White, Ledbetter said, "It has been going on for years, ever since he was a police chief."
According to court documents, in 2000, White was named in a lawsuit brought against the town by a former police officer, who claimed White made false and malicious statements about him. After he resigned, the officer, Christopher James Alexander, claimed that White was "sexually harassing female citizens of the town" and reported these accusations to the State Bureau of Investigation. As a result, Alexander claims White made false statements about him in retaliation that prevented Alexander from finding employment.