Aker Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges

By Christy Hoots
Ledger Independent
May 15, 2015

VANCEBURG | A former Vanceburg pastor charged with sexual abuse pleaded not guilty in Lewis County Circuit Court Friday.

Duncan Aker, 63, of Greensburg, Ind., was charged with five counts of sexual abuse and four counts of sodomy earlier this month after a Lewis County jury handed down an indictment against him in April.

According to a representative with the Greensburg, Ind., Police Department, Aker was arrested on May 3, on a warrant from Vanceburg, and was extradited to Kentucky not long after, but no other information was available.

"The investigation into the incidents took about three to four months," Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Joe Veeneman said. "Then we had to wait on the extradition from Indiana."

According to the indictment, Aker allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and sexual contact through forcible compulsion with a male under the age of 12 between October 2007 and March 2010.

The indictment also states that Aker allegedly committed some of the offenses in the church where he was minister.

According to Veeneman, Aker is the former pastor of the Vanceburg Christian Church. He is also listed as the pastor for the Greensburg, Ind. Christian Church.

Aker has been lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center, where he remains on a $200,000 bond.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for July 1 at 9:30 a.m.








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