Ronnie Williams, 41, of Wilmington

Members of the Colonial School District Board of Education are pushing for the resignation of a fellow board member, more than a week after his arrest on child sexual abuse charges.

For now, that's the board's only option.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the board unanimously passed a motion to send a letter to Ronnie Williams, likely through his attorney, requesting that he step down.

While board members recognize that the charges against Williams are currently allegations, board member Leo Magee stated: "I don't think the district needs this kind of activity taking our focus off of things."

"We, of course, are following the letter of the law, and by law, it is the Board of Elections that has all governance over school board members," Colonial School District Communications and Media Relations Officer Lauren Wilson said.

However, the Delaware Department of Elections also doesn't have the power to remove an elected official. Under state law, only a felony conviction can result in the removal of an elected official from office. The governor is weighing all options given the circumstances, a spokesman told WDEL. 

According to court records, obtained by WDEL, Williams bought gifts for boys and took them on trips, after befriending their mothers. He's accused of sexually assaulting and drugging the boys.

Wilson was not aware of any contact Williams may or may not have had with other board members or the district since his arrest. She added that the district is in "good hands" with the remaining board members as the case against Williams proceeds.

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.