January 18, 2005

Ulster pastor pleads 'not guilty' to six sex-related charges

Daily and Sunday Review


TOWANDA - The 44-year-old pastor of the Church on the Hill in Ulster Township, who is accused of kissing and fondling a young teen-age parishioner, has pleaded not guilty to all charges lodged against him.

The pastor, Wesley Allen Nichols, entered the plea at his arraignment Monday in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.

Nichols has been charged with three counts of corruption of minors, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, and three counts of indecent assault, which is a second-degree misdemeanor. Nichols entered a plea of "not guilty" to each and every charge lodged against him, said Francis Rineer, Bradford County assistant district attorney. Nichols, whose address is Milan RR1, is accused of kissing and fondling a female parishioner, beginning almost three years ago.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2005 07:46 AM