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Trial Set For Former Iowa Pastor In Sex Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Trial has been set in a new venue for a former Pella pastor accused of raping three women from his congregation.

The trial for 41-year-old Patrick Edouard has been scheduled for Jan. 17 in Dallas County.

District Judge Paul Huscher ordered a change of venue after Edouard's lawyer argued that media coverage and Marion County's
close ties to its churches had biased potential jurors there.

Prosecutors say Edouard persuaded or forced members of his
congregation to have sex with him during counseling sessions in the
basement of his Pella home.

He is charged with three counts of sexual abuse and four of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

Edouard quit his job at Covenant Reformed Church after the women
complained.


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