- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A former South Dakota pastor and educator accused of having sexual contact with a minor six years ago has pleaded not guilty.

Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Thompson is scheduled for trial in February on a felony count of sexual contact with a minor. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Walworth County State’s Attorney James Hare tells the American News (https://bit.ly/1w8LZiZ ) that Thompson has posted bail.

Authorities allege Thompson had sexual contact with a boy younger than 16 in 2008, when he was a pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Mobridge. Thompson also previously served as a middle school and high school principal in McLaughlin.

He moved to Denver in February 2013 and worked as an administrator at a parochial school before his arrest this past August.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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