A brief 10 minute hearing in Adams Circuit Court Thursday afternoon was held for the arraignment of Benjamin E. Christner, 42, rural Berne, who was arrested last week on three charges of child molestation which in this situation are considered level one felony offenses.

After being sworn in by Judge Chad Kukelhan, Christner, who appeared via video from the Adams County Law Enforcement and Detention Center, listened as the judge read the three counts filed against him. He told Kukelhan that he understood the charges as read and when Kukelhan asked him about his highest level of education, he responded “eighth grade.”

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