MONTESANO, Wash. -- A local pastor pleaded not guilty to two counts of child molestation Monday afternoon.
Grays Harbor County sheriff’s deputies arrested 67-year-old Adair Krack last week for allegedly sexually molesting two young girls.
Court records said the two victims in the case are sisters and the latest alleged assault happened last summer during a vacation bible school.
Several local ministers told Q13 News they were shocked to hear about the allegations, saying Krack is a beloved and trusted member of the community.
Krack did not respond to requests for comment as he walked into the courtroom Monday.
Sheriff Rick Scott said Krack’s crimes date back more than a decade.
“Anytime we have child victims, obviously those cases take a priority with us,” he said.
Police said Krack worked at the First Baptist Church of Hoquiam for several years.
Neighbor Deanna Courts said the allegations shocked her. She remembers Krack being warm and helping her family after her son died.
“He didn’t know me from Adam,” she said. “He was here every day consoling us.”
Detectives said one of Krack’s victims is a 12-year-old girl, and her older sister, now 20, also told police he molested her more than a decade ago.
Investigators worry more victims could be outstanding.
“Given the amount of time between the two alleged offenses, there’s a likelihood that there could be other victims out there,” added Scott.
Krack is out of jail on bail. His trial is scheduled for December.