Youth pastor changes plea to ‘guilty’, documents show

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Ryan McKelvey

Ryan McKelvey

By Tad Davis

DES MOINES, Iowa —A former youth pastor charged with sexual abuse and sexual exploitation has changed his plea to guilty, court records filed Tuesday show.

Ryan McKelvey was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or clergy.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.

Des Moines police said they were contacted by a girl and her parents last August regarding a sexual assault. The girl reported the suspect in the incident was McKelvey.

Police said that during the investigation it was discovered there could be a second victim. Investigators made contact with the second girl, also a juvenile, and confirmed inappropriate sexual incidents had occurred with her as well.

McKelvey was a youth pastor at Heritage Assembly of God church in Des Moines.

Sentencing in the case was scheduled for March 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse.

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