District court

Christopher R. Kern, 47, of Chapman, waived a preliminary hearing in Dickinson County Court Thursday afternoon.

Kern is accused of rape of a 7-year-old on two occasions, Aug. 11 and 17, the sexual exploitation of a child four times and aggravated criminal sodomy.

Magistrate Judge Keith Collett set arraignment before Judge Benjamin Sexton at 9 a.m. Nov. 6 where a plea agreement is expected.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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