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Ex-pastor, teacher in Ketchikan pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

KETCHIKAN — A former Alaska pastor and retired school teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports Douglas Edwards entered the plea Friday after being indicted Thursday by a Ketchikan grand jury on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Edwards' attorney, Julie Willoughby, did not respond to an attempt for comment by the Daily News.

The charges relate to incidents that allegedly occurred with a 14-year-old girl in 2017 at Ketchikan High School, the basement of First Baptist Church in Ketchikan and Edwards' residence.

Edwards' trial is set for Sept. 17.