A Winnipeg pastor dealing with expenses in California for allegedly arranging to satisfy a 15-year-old for intercourse has pleaded not responsible and was launched on $25,000 US bail simply days after his arrest, court docket paperwork present.
Nathan George Rieger was arrested on Aug. 10 in Arroyo Grande, about 128 kilometres northwest of Santa Barbara, and charged with arranging to satisfy with a minor for a sexual act and assembly with a minor for a sexual act, in keeping with Arroyo Grande Police Division data.
Rieger entered a not responsible plea on Thursday.
The 53-year-old has resigned from his pastor place at Winnipeg Centre Winery Church on Principal Avenue the place he labored for 19 years.
His departure and legal expenses had been introduced at a church service on Aug. 19.
Officers first started investigating Rieger on Aug. eight as a part of an undercover sting operation.
“There’s a complete community of those that wish to have intercourse with minors and we’ve got a detective bureau that’s designated to have conversations with these individuals which can be looking for to have intercourse with minors,” mentioned Cmdr. Shawn Cosgrove with the Arroyo Grande Police Division earlier this week.
Cosgrove mentioned officers created an avatar of a 15-year-old woman, which they used to speak with Rieger.
When reached by telephone Thursday, Rieger’s lawyer Charles Magill would not touch upon what his consumer’s defence is perhaps, solely to say his consumer was upset by the costs.
“In fact he is upset about being accused of the crime he is been accused of,” Magill mentioned.
Magill mentioned there are not any phrases on Rieger’s bail, solely that he has to make his court docket appearances.
The district lawyer for the County of San Luis Obispo confirmed that Rieger was launched with out situations from the court docket however added there may very well be situations set by the bail bond firm that put up his bail.
Magill would not say if Rieger needed to forfeit his passport.
Rieger’s subsequent court docket look is Aug. 30 in San Luis Obispo.