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Elderly Kansas pastor arrested on rape, sexual assault charges

By Tom Boggioni
Monday, March 10, 2014 11:04 EDT
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A longtime Dodge City resident and pastor, aged 79, was arrested Friday, in connection with multiple rape and sexual assault allegations.

According to the Dodge Globe, Pastor Dr. Jerrold W. Ketner has been charged with seven counts of rape and sexual assault in the case, involving a 33 year-old female victim.

Charges against the pastor include: rape, two counts of attempted criminal sodomy, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape, and one count of blackmail.

The Dodge City Police Department opened the sexual assault investigation on the pastor of New Hope on the Plains church on March 6.

On March 7, Ketner’s $100,000 bond was modified to a $10,000 cash bond in Ford County District Court with District Judge Ann L. Dixon ordering the defendant to be placed under immediate house arrest if he should post bond

Saying she was concerned about Dr. Ketner having contact with his congregation, Judge Dixon ruled that Ketner may not leave his home except for in the case of a medical emergency or to appear before the court.

Ketner is scheduled to appear in court on March 20, 2014.

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Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
 
 
 
 
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