Missouri Democratic Party leader on leave amid assault allegations

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 6:04 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party has been placed on unpaid leave while St. Louis police investigate allegations of a domestic assault.

Police said Tuesday that they were called Sunday to a home listed as the address of Matthew Teter when a 31-year-old man reported that he had been assaulted by a 30-year-old man at that address. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident because the investigation is ongoing.

The Democratic Party confirmed Tuesday that Teter was placed on unpaid leave because of the accusations. Party Chairman Mike Sanders described the matter as "a serious allegation that we do not take lightly."

Teter was hired last March after directing a nonprofit group that provides housing to people with AIDS.