SEXUAL ABUSE: Youth Pastor Pleads Guilty

Ryan McKelvey

A former Des Moines youth pastor pleaded guilty to two sexual abuse charges, Tuesday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan McKelvey was charged in August 2013 after a teenage girl and her parents went to Des Moines police, claiming the teen had been sexually assaulted.

McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly of God Church

During the investigation, police discovered a second victim in the case. McKelvey was charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

The plea means McKelvey avoids a trial which was due to start Wednesday. Sentencing is set for March 24.



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