Former Topeka Vicar Pleads In Child Sex Case

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A former vicar at a Topeka church will be sentenced Sept. 27 after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting a boy who attended the church.

Thirty-two-year-old Hugh Denton Cranford was taken into custody Tuesday after entering the plea to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 23 on three counts involving boys ages 7 and 9.

At the time of the crimes, Cranford was vicar at Faith Lutheran Church.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) the boys and their parents attended the church, and Cranford and the boys' father were friends.

Cranford, a student at the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, was suspended by the seminary in June 2012.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,