A top Buddhist monk in China has resigned from his post after accusations of sexual misconduct by multiple nuns.
Xuecheng was the president of the Buddhist Association of China. A statement on the organization's website posted Wednesday said that Xuecheng's resignation had been accepted at a council meeting.
Xuecheng "was an influential political adviser to the central government while heading the national Buddhist association," and is viewed as "one of China's best known monks and authors," according to The Associated Press.
He has publicly denied the reports of misconduct.