Rev. McMannes enters innocent plea

Rev. David Gregory McMannes of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sedona was arraigned Monday in Yavapai Superior Court.

McMannes was charged with six counts, including fraud, theft and perjury.

Although he did not appear in front of the judge himself, McMannes did submit a written waiver of personal appearance. The waiver stated that he enters a plea of not guilty to all charges.

McMannes was arrested on Dec. 1 following an investigation into accusations.

The indictment filed Dec. 6 lists six counts against McMannes.

The charges include fraud, theft, money laundering, possession of stolen property and perjury. All charges except the theft count would allow for probation if McMannes is found guilty. Theft is a class two felony, and the only one of the charges that carries a mandatory sentence for McMannes if found guilty.

McMannes was released on bond originally set at $500,000 and then later reduced.

Conditions of his release stated that McMannes can not write any checks, or otherwise withdraw, transfer of encumber any funds, on any and all bank accounts of St. Luke's Church without prior approval of the Court.

McMannes also can not receive any payments from St. Luke's Church from any of the accounts or otherwise receive any funds, other than his monthly salary without prior approval from the Court.

McMannes can not sell, transfer, dispose or otherwise encumber of any furnishings, artwork, or other items currently located in his residence.

McMannes can not sell transfer, encumber or otherwise dispose of the 1994 Jeep Cherokee currently registered to him.

A case management conference has been set for Jan. 15.

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