- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

STANTON, Neb. (AP) - A former Stanton County sheriff’s deputy and current Stanton school board member accused of allowing animal cruelty faces trial in July.

The Norfolk Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1Y4FVaz ) that Kirk Van Pelt’s trial date has been set for July 28 in Stanton County District Court.

Van Pelt appeared in court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting cruel mistreatment of an animal and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, all misdemeanors. Police say he played a role in the torture of a cat and an opossum. Four juveniles convicted in the case have already been sentenced to probation and community service.

Each count Van Pelt faces carries penalties of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Information from: Norfolk Daily News, https://www.norfolkdailynews.com


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