Former Pastor Pleads Guilty to Abusing Girls

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Des Moines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls has pleaded guilty in the case.

Court records filed Tuesday show 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a clergy. He initially pleaded not guilty in September.

McKelvey was a youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church in Des Moines. Officers began investigating him after a girl and her parents reported an alleged sexual assault by McKelvey. A second girl then reported similar incidents.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports sentencing in the case has been scheduled for March 24.
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