Dodge City pastor gets probation in sex abuse case

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DODGE CITY, Kansas (AP) – A Dodge City pastor will serve three years of probation for sexual battery in a plea deal that dropped six other felony charges, including rape.

Eighty-year-old Jerrold Wayne Ketner was sentenced Tuesday. He was arrested in March after a woman who went to him for counseling reported she had been raped and molested for several months.

Ketner demanded sex when she could not pay him. She videotaped one of the visits and turned it over to police.

Ford County Judge Leigh Hood cited Ketner’s age, health and lack of prior convictions when announcing the sentence.

Ketner will not have to pay restitution, do any community service or register as a sexual offender. He cannot have contact with the victim or her husband. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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