Salina Priest Makes Court Appearance
KSAL Staff - Fri 03:09 PM 04/20/2012
A Salina Catholic Priest accused of a sex crime appears in court, and pleads not guilty.
Officials tell KSAL News that 49-year-old Allen Scheer entered the plea Friday in Saline County District Court.
Scheer was arrested Wednesday on a Saline County District Court warrant for one count of sexual battery.
Police say that an investigation revealed that Scheer had inappropriately touched an adult male, "with the intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desires". The alleged offense occurred at the victim's residence in central Salina.
Scheer, who is a pastor at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, was booked into the Saline County Jail on a charge of sexual battery.
Scheer is currently on administrative leave, and the Salina Catholic Diocese has vowed to fully cooperate with the investigation.