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Former church youth volunteer in court on sexual assault charges

(KOTA)
Published: May. 19, 2016 at 11:01 PM CDT
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The court case of a former high school youth volunteer who is accused of multiple charges of child rape continued Thursday.

28-year-old Zachary Swisher appeared at a status hearing before Judge Robert Mandel.

Swisher was arraigned in March on six counts of first degree rape against a person under the age of 13 and one count of sexual contact with a child under sixteen.

According to the church pastor, Swisher served briefly as a high school youth volunteer at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The alleged victims were nine and ten.

The accusations stem from August through October of last year.

Swisher faces a possible life sentence on each of the first degree rape charges, and up to fifteen years on the sexual contact charge.

Swisher is free on a $200,000 bond.

He is due back in court July 14th.