A recent appointee to the state’s board of education is being sued by a local educator for an alleged affair with Stevens’ wife.
Andy Stevens, an employee of Lowndes County School System, has filed a suit against Amory resident Danny Spreitler in Monroe County Circuit Court. The suit was filed Dec. 10.
In the court documents, Stevens alleges Spreitler, who is the past president and CEO of the philanthropic Gilmore Foundation in Amory, began having an adulterous affair with his wife, Michelle Stevens, at least as far back as May 2013. The Stevens had been married for 16 years when the alleged affair was discovered.
In the complaint, Stevens alleges:
“The Defendant (Spreitler) willfully, actively, wrongfully, and intentionally interfered with the marriage of the Plaintiff and Michelle Stevens to the extent that Michelle Stevens abandoned her marriage to Plaintiff and their Children; and Defendant unduly influenced Michelle Stevens to the extent that Defendant maintained and promoted the continuance of an adulterous relationship between Defendant and Michelle Stevens, said relationship having been discovered bythePlaintiffonoraboutMay, 2013.
“That Defendant allowed and encouraged Michelle Stevens to cohabit with him from time to time while Plaintiff and Michelle Stevens were married; that while Plaintiff and Michelle Stevens were married, Defendant regularly encouraged and promoted that Michelle Stevens maintain a sexual relationship with him which interfered with any possible reconciliation of her marriage with Plaintiff; and, that the said actions of Defendant ultimately resulted in the filing of a divorce between Plaintiff and Michelle Stevens.”
The defendant, Spreitler, wasappointed to the Board of Education by Gov. Phil Bryant in August. According to his bio in an article published by the Clarion Ledger, he is married with four children and one grandchild.
Andy Stevens could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.0