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.

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