Steven Hoeck, former president of the Boyle/Mercer County Task Force on Child Abuse, pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of sexual and criminal abuse in a short arraignment hearing before Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.
Hoeck was indicted June 19 on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree criminal abuse, all of a male under 12 years old.
His next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 for a status conference. He remains free on a $10,000 bond.
According to the indictment, one of the sexual abuses and the criminal abuse charge occurred between May 15, 1997, and May 6, 1998. The second count of sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred between July 1, 2000, and April 15, 2001.