Iowa pastor sentenced to 25 years for sexually abusing 5-year-old

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Roger Kissel photo from Freemont County Iowa Jail

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa pastor has been given 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.

Roger Kissel was sentenced Wednesday in Sidney. In March, a Fremont County jury took two and a half hours to convict the 68-year-old of sex abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child.

When he was arrested, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Police have said the allegations weren’t connected to the church. Prosecutors say the crimes occurred in 2013.