Youth Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse



By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa - A youth pastor was charged with sexual abuse Tuesday.

Ryan McKelvey, 27, of Des Moines, is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. McKelvey was booked into the Polk County Jail on Tuesday night.

Des Moines police said they were contacted on Monday by a girl and her parents regarding a sexual assault. The girl reported the suspect in the incident was McKelvey.

Police said that during the investigation it was discovered there could be a second victim. Investigators made contact with the second female, also a juvenile, and confirmed inappropriate sexual incidents had occurred with her as well.

McKelvey was a youth pastor at Heritage Assembly of God church at 5051 Northeast 5th St. in Des Moines.

Church officials said they can't comment on the case, but did confirm McKelvey was a pastor there. They said they are devastated by the news.

"We are diligently working with law enforcement on this case. As you can imagine, our prayers and concerns go out to the families involved," read a statement sent to KCCI by the church.

More information about the case is expected to be released later on Wednesday.
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