Norman Leach Charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault
A prominent Lincoln minister was back in court Monday afternoon. Reverend Norman Leach was arraigned on a charge of third degree sexual assault. The former director of the Interfaith Council is accused of inappropriately touching a teenage boy who spent the night at his house. Reverend Norman Leach pled not guilty to the charge of third degree sexual assault. Leach who came to court with a small gathering of supporters, was arrested last week. His charge could result in up to a year in prison.
The juvenile, who came forward about the alleged assault is a member of a Boy Scout troop founded by the 63-year-old Leach. The teen told police Leach touched him inappropriately at least five times since he joined the troop last fall. The Boys Scout organization reacted to Leach's not guilty plea. Steven Smith with the Boy Scouts told Channel 8 Eyewitness News, “It's a huge disappointment anytime you have someone who you hold up as a role model to children do some think like this. It's just an incredible feeling. He let down kids, he let down parents, he let down everybody.”
The Cornhusker Council of the Boy Scouts of America says they are now conducting background checks on volunteers as well as checking references. Norman Leach will be back in court in two weeks.