Former Gering City Council member pleaded no contest to molestation case

GERING, Neb. -- A former Gering City Council member has pleaded no contest to intentional child abuse in connection with a molestation case.

53-year-old Parish Abel entered the plea as part of an agreement with prosecutors. 

Abel resigned from the Gering City Council before his arrest in February, and left the Scottsbluff Fire Department after 19 years. 

He will be sentenced in September. 

According to court documents, Gering Police got a complaint in late January from a teenage girl who said Abel had entered her room in July of last year and attempted to lift her blanket while she was naked.