Topeka city councilman charged with child abuse keeps job

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Topeka City Councilman who’s facing several child abuse charges will get to keep his seat on the council, at least for now.

Councilman Jonathan Schumm and his wife were arrested and charged with aggravated battery and abuse of a child in November 2015.

Since then Schumm has been an active member of the council, but the charges against him could be considered a “crime of moral turpitude,” which is enough to oust him from office.

Just hours before a scheduled hearing, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office submitted this request to dismiss the case without prejudice.

During the short hearing before Shawnee County District Court Judge Franklin Theis, a motion to dismiss the ouster action was approved.

That means Schumm will remain on the council for now, but court documents indicate the state intends to consider ousting Schumm again once the criminal matter has been resolved.

The motion to dismiss is meant to protect his children from further interrogation.

CLICK HERE to read the motion.

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