UPDATE (3:45 PM) — Monte Montgomery submitted his resignation as mayor of Athens Friday, June 4, “effective immediately,” said a posting on the city of Athens Facebook page.

According to the City Charter, as stated in Section 3: “Any vacancy or vacancies occurring in the city council shall be filled by appointment of a majority vote of the remaining city council within thirty (30) days, which person or persons so appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term for the place or places to which such appointment shall be made.

“We continue to be shocked and grieved by the developments of the past 24 hours. Our primary responsibility is to the citizens of Athens and the betterment of our community,” the city’s statement on Facebook said.

UPDATE (8:10 A.M.) – The City of Athens has released a statement on Mayor Montgomery’s arrest for online solicitation of a minor.

It is listed in full below:

We were shocked to learn yesterday of Mr. Montgomery’s arrest in Longview.

These are very serious allegations and the City of Athens does not take them lightly. We are committed to the protection and safety of our children. The City Council will be considering all possible actions as details become available.

As this is a Longview Police Department investigation, we have no information beyond what has been reported by the news media.

ATHENS, Texas (KETK)- James Monte Montgomery, the mayor of Athens, was booked into the Gregg County jail on Thursday.

He is being charged with online solicitation of a minor sexual conduct. His bond was set at $300,000 surety with conditions, according to judicial records.

He was detained by the Longview Police Department, but he bonded out the same day.