SW Iowa pastor pleads not guilty to abuse charge

Apr 16, 2014

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl.

The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that 66-year-old Roger C. Kissel of Sidney pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts and indecent exposure.

When he was arrested in February, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Sidney Police Chief Austin Richardson says the allegations aren't connected with the church.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred over several months in 2013.

Kissel posted bond and has been released from the Fremont County Jail.

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