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Former Pella Church Leader Charged

A former church leader in Pella has been arrested on several charges including three counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy.

Patrick Edouard, who until recently had been pastor at the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella was arrested Wednesday and transported to the Marion County Law Center where he was released on $45,000 bond.

A hearing for Mr. Edouard, who currently resides in Michigan, is scheduled for April 1st at 9:30 am in the Marion County Courthouse. Edouard’s employment with the Covenant Reformed Church began August of 2003.