Friday, June 8, 2012
"A former Arkansas City middle school teacher charged with child sex crimes will go to trial.
Noble "Rick" Pendland, 46, was arrested in September on charges of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Those alleged incidents happened in the summer of 2010.
At Friday's hearing, Judge James Pringle heard from the five alleged victims and other witnesses. The boys, all under the age of 14, say they were sexually abused by Pendland in his home in Arkansas City. Some of the alleged victims lived with Pendland as foster children while others are friends of the family.
Judge Pringle determined there was enough evidence for Pendland to go to trial. Pendland's arraignment is scheduled for June 21."