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Leavenworth County Judge Frederick Stewart to retire

September 10, 2008

Leavenworth County District Court Judge Frederick N. Stewart, who faces an investigation surrounding alleged sexual misconduct against a former administrative assistant, will be retiring from the bench effective Oct. 1.

In a letter, dated Aug. 28, Stewart submitted a letter to Kansas Supreme Court Justice Kay McFarland explaining his intentions to retire.

"After much thought, I have decided to retire as a district judge of the First Judicial District, effective Oct. 1, 2008," Stewart wrote in the letter.

Stewart also wrote that he selected Oct. 1 to coincide with Judge Philip Lacey's retirement and facilitate the work of the nominating committee. Lacey is from Atchison.

The nominating committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Leavenworth County Justice Center to conduct interviews and select nominees whose names will be submitted to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for appointment.

On Aug. 19, Stewart filed documentation with the Commission on Judicial Qualifications denying allegations of sexual misconduct against a former employee.

The commission issued a notice of formal proceedings against Stewart on June 30. The proceedings outlined the allegations against Stewart.

According to Ron Keefover, education-information officer with the Kansas Judicial Center, commission proceedings are still pending, although a hearing date has not been set.

Stewart has been on the bench since 1977.

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