Governor Kasich asks Cleveland State student board member to quit following punch accusation

CLEVELAND - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has asked a student representative to Cleveland State University's governing board to resign because he was accused of punching a police officer last year.

The Plain Dealer reports that 27-year-old Alexander Butler has not yet responded to the Aug. 14 letter from Kasich's office. His attorney declined to comment.

Butler, who had served in the Army in Iraq, was appointed to a non-voting position on the university's board of trustees in October 2011.

A few weeks after applying, he was stopped for driving erratically. The police report said he punched an officer at the station. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was put on probation.

Butler apologized in a letter to Kasich's office in November.

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