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Johnston DA drops lawsuit over husband's affair

Posted October 20, 2011 3:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2011 10:58 p.m. EDT

— Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit against a longtime friend over an alleged affair the woman had with Doyle's husband.

Doyle and Christi Stem reached an out-of-court settlement in the case, but the terms weren't disclosed, according to a document filed in Johnston County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Doyle filed a criminal conversation suit in June, alleging that Stem and Michael Doyle had sex several times in 2010. According to court documents, Stems and the Doyles are neighbors, and Stem is godmother to the couple's two children.

Susan Doyle alleged in court documents that she confided to Stem, an attorney who specializes in family law, about her marital difficulties in recent years and that Stem agreed to mediate the problems.

Court documents also stated that Michael Doyle and Stem exchanged racy text messages and that Stem programmed her cellphone so calls and texts from him would appear under the heading "Office."