Kennedale Mayor Quits; Girls Allege Inappropriate Contact

Sexual abuse is a crime against children that cuts through all social, religious and economic boundaries. Like its perpetrators, the victims may come from privilege or poverty; they may be black, white, Hispanic or Asian; they may be healthy or disabled. Most will know their perpetrators and less than one in 10 children will tell an adult they are being sexually abused. Fortunately these little girls spoke out and their mom believed them.

Four-term Kennedale Mayor Bryan Lankhorst resigned from office on Saturday, one day after Arlington police started investigating allegations that he inappropriately touched students. In a letter to city officials, Lankhorst said he was resigning because "my current circumstances require that I focus my attention on my family and on my personal life."

His resignation was tendered hours after Kennedale posted on the city's website that City Council members were going to discuss complaints against the mayor at their Tuesday meeting.

The complaints stem from Lankorst's role as a substitute teacher at Miller Elementary School in Arlington. See video for full report.

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