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Former Iowa youth pastor’s trial to begin in November

Sep 17, 2013

DES MOINES (AP) — Trial has been set for a former Des Moines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls.

Online court records indicate 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey’s trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 18.

McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church in Des Moines. Officers began investigating him after a girl and her parents reported in early August an alleged sexual assault by McKelvey.

The investigation led to a possible second victim, who also told police about other incidents. McKelvey was fired from his job before he was arrested.

McKelvey faces two counts of sexual exploitation by a clergy and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He remains at the Polk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.

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