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UPDATE: Church sued by sexual abuse victim

Courtesy: The Lewis County Herald
Courtesy: The Lewis County Herald(WSAZ)
Published: May. 7, 2015 at 3:01 PM EDT
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UPDATE 12/13/16 @ 11:30 a.m.

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teenager has filed a civil lawsuit against a church after he says he was sexually abused by the pastor.

Pastor Duncan Aker plead guilty to sexual abuse in March 2016. He was formerly the pastor at Vanceburg Christian Church.

According to the lawsuit, negligence on the church's part allowed the abuse to happen. It also alleges the church should have been aware of Aker's conduct and failed to act to stop the abuse.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse happened between 2007 and 2010.

In the lawsuit, the victim says Aker threatened him not to tell anyone and used his position in the church to intimidate him.

According to the lawsuit, the victim alleges the abuse has caused him to suffer "depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, humiliation, anger, shame, pain and suffering damages, medical and counseling expenses, lost wages and lost earning capacity and will continue to suffer such damages in the future."

The victim's attorney says the teenager is "currently stable," but has been "profoundly affected" by the abuse.

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UPDATE 3/7/16

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A former minister at a church in Lewis County, Ky. has pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual abuse in a case that allegedly involved a young boy.

Duncan Aker, Jr, 64, of Greensburg, Indiana, formerly of Vanceburg, entered the plea Friday during a hearing in Lewis County Circuit Court.

As part of the plea, four counts of 1st Degree Sodomy were dropped, according to the Lewis County Herald.

Aker, Jr. will be sentenced in April. He is expected to get a sentence of one year with credit for time served. That would make him eligible for release in May. He must also register a sex offender for life.

Aker, Jr. was arrested in May 2015 after being indicted by a Lewis County Grand jury.

According to the indictment, the alleged incidents took place between October 2007 and March 2010.

From 2006 to 2011, Aker, Jr. was a pastor at the Vanceburg Christian Church.

The indictment said the alleged abuse took place in a vehicle along the side of the AA Highway, in Aker, Jr.'s home, in an outbuilding he owned, and in the church where he was a pastor.

Following his arrest, Kentucky State Police in Morehead said they had been investigating the allegations for 3-4 months. They say the alleged victim, a boy under 12 at the time, recently moved back to the area.

The Lewis County Herald reported that Aker, Jr. was recently listed as the pastor a Christian church in Greensburg.


UPDATE 5/15/15 @ 10:40 a.m.

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A former minister at a church in Lewis County, Ky. has been arraigned on sexual abuse and sodomy charges that allegedly involved a young boy.

Duncan Aker, Jr, 63, of Greensburg, Indiana, formerly of Vanceburg, was indicted last month on four counts of 1st Degree Sodomy and five counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse.

Aker, Jr. was returned to Lewis County last week.

Friday morning he was arraigned on the charges in Lewis County Circuit Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge denied a motion by his attorney to have his bond reduced which is currently $200,000 cash. He will be back in court for a hearing on July 1.

Aker, Jr. remains in the Lewis County Detention Center

According to the indictment, the alleged incidents took place between October 2007 and March 2010 while Aker, Jr. was a pastor at the Vanceburg Christian Church.

The indictment says the alleged abuse took place in a vehicle along the side of the AA Highway, in Aker, Jr.'s home, in an outbuilding he owned, and in the church where he was a pastor.

Kentucky State Police in Morehead say they have been investigating the allegations for past 3-4 months. They say the alleged victim, a boy under 12 at the time, recently moved back to the area.

The Lewis County Herald reports that Aker, Jr. was recently listed as a Christian Church in Greensburg.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com. for the latest on this story.


ORIGINAL STORY 5/7/15

VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A former minister at a church in Lewis County, Ky. has been arrested after being indicted on sexual abuse and sodomy charges, allegedly involving a child under 12 years old.

Duncan Aker, Jr, 63, of Greensburg, Indiana, formerly of Vanceburg, is charged with four counts of 1st Degree Sodomy and five counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse.

Aker, Jr. was indicted on April 24, and returned to Lewis County on Monday.

He is being held in the Lewis County Detention Center and will be arraigned on the charges next week.

According to the indictment the alleged incidents took place between October 2007 and March 2010.

From 2006 to 2011, Aker, Jr. was a pastor at the Vanceburg Christian Church.

The indictment says the alleged abuse took place in a vehicle along the side of the AA Highway, in Aker, Jr.'s home, in an outbuilding he owned, and in the church where he was a pastor.

Kentucky State Police in Morehead say they have been investigating the allegations for past 3-4 months. They say the alleged victim, a boy under 12 at the time, recently moved back to the area.

The Lewis County Herald reports that Aker, Jr. was recently listed as a Christian church in Greensburg.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.