Aker in court for pretrial hearing in Lewis

By Christy Hoots
Ledger Independent
July 1, 2015


VANCEBURG | A former Vanceburg pastor, facing charges of sexual abuse, appeared in Lewis County Circuit Court Wednesday.

During the pretrial hearing for 63-year-old Duncan Aker, his defense attorney, Daniel Dickerson, told Circuit Judge Robert Conley that he would like more time in order to view the recorded interview with the alleged victim in the case.

Mike Frye, with Commonwealth's Attorney Mel Leonhart's office, said after the defense views the recording, his office will work with Dickerson's office to come to a resolution in the case.

"We'll go back to court in September and see if we can't come to a resolution," Frye said. "If we can't, then we'll proceed to trial."

The next pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Aker, who was most recently living in Greensburg, Ind., was arrested in May and charged with five counts of sexual abuse and four counts of sodomy after a Lewis County grand jury handed down an indictment against him in April.

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.

In May, a representative with the Greensburg Police Department said Aker was arrested by their office on a warrant from Vanceburg and was extradited to Kentucky.

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

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

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




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