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December 2, 2011

Pastor in Humeston charged with sexual abuse second degree

HUMESTON — On Monday, Nov. 28, Lynn Allen Roberts, 67, of Derby, was arrested in Humeston on a Wayne County arrest warrant for sexual abuse in the second degree, a class B felony, according to a press release sent by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Friday morning.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that was reported in February of 2011. Roberts is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old child on the property of the New Life Full Gospel Church in Humeston. 

Roberts is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail on a cash bond of $50,000. 

Assisting the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation were the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Wayne County Attorney’s Office and the Lucas County Attorney’s Office.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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