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Council votes out Kenly town manager after battery charge

Kenly Town Manager Michael Andre Douglas is charged with sexual battery.

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Bryan Mims
, WRAL reporter
KENLY, N.C. — The Kenly town council voted not to renew the contract of Town Manager Michael Andre Douglas on Monday after he was charged with sexual battery.

According to the order for his arrest, Douglas, 48, of 5701 Norcrest St. in Raleigh, faces the single charge, filed in Johnston County. A grand jury indicted him June 1, and he surrendered to authorities over the weekend. He was released on an unsecured bond.

Douglas' attorney, J. Brad Polk, said his client "categorically denies the allegations against him," and is cooperating with the investigation. He has provided a DNA sample and offered to take a polygraph test.

Douglas is charged in connection to an incident that took place in August 2019, according to the arrest warrant. Attorney Trinity Henderson, who is a member of the Kenly town council, told WRAL News that Kenly police were notified at that time of a complain against Douglas, but "the council failed to take any actions regarding the allegations."

Douglas will remain Kenly's town manager until his contract expires on July 1.

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