Businessman Ted Amberg pleads not guilty to child molestation charge

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A grand jury indicted a Springfield businessman on child molestation accusations. Edward L. Amberg pleaded "not guilty" on Tuesday.

Amberg was before a Greene County judge for his formal arraignment. The case involves allegations from 2008, just brought to light after a grand jury indictment.

He'll be back in court at the beginning of November.

Edward Amberg, known as Ted, is charged with two felony counts of child molestation. Investigators say the 2008 sexual contact involved a child under the age of 14 at the time.

Amberg is the founder of Amberg Entertainment. He began his business as a magician for parties in 1991. He later sold the business. His bio on the Amberg website states he volunteered with the YMCA's Camp Wakonda, the Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army. He also wrote a book "Unfair Advantage" about creating company events.

Attorneys Dee Wampler, Joe Passanise and Scott Pierson represent Amberg. Wampler said his firm has been handling other cases for Amberg during the past year.

"It was a surprise to get a call like this. There have been other issues such as expartes and orders of protection. Those were all dismissed. They still have to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecutor will have a big mountain to climb in any case like this especially something that's ten years old," Wampler said.

Amberg is out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Amberg Entertainment Micki McShane released this statement:

"McShane Enterprises has owned Amberg Events since 2014, and since that time Ted Amberg has remained on staff as an employee. We are shocked by these charges and Ted has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. Because this is a legal and personnel matter, we cannot comment further."