Sunday, February 28, 2016

UPDATED::Aker in court for pretrial hearing in Lewis

UPDATE:: Aker competent to stand trial
A former Lewis County preacher who currently faces sexual abuse charges, was found to be competent to stand trial during a recent circuit court appearance.

Duncan Aker of Greensburg, Ind., and formerly of Vanceburg, was arrested in May 2015, 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 2015.

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.
UPDATE::  Aker scheduled for competency hearing
A former Lewis County preacher, currently facing sexual abuse charges, has been scheduled for a competency hearing.

Duncan Aker of Greensburg, Ind., and formerly of Vanceburg, will appear at the hearing on Feb. 3, at 10 a.m., in order for the court to decide if he is competent to stand trial on the charges.

A pretrial hearing has also been scheduled for March 4.

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 in court for pretrial hearing in Lewis

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