By Kyle James   |  10-04-2017   News
Photo credit: TXK Today

A pastor in Texarkana, Texas has been sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for sexually molesting two teen girls who attended the church's youth ministry group. 42-year-old David Wayne Farren appeared in court for his sentencing hearing with his attorney Jason Horton. Farren appeared before Miller County Circuit judge Carlton Jones and entered a guilty plea at the sentencing hearing.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor count of violating mandatory reporting requirements and he also pleaded no-contest to one count of second-degree sexual assault. Farren entered a plea bargain which resulted in Jones sentencing him to 15 years for each of the nine felony counts of sexual abuse. The sentences will run concurrently with credit for four days time served on the misdemeanor. After the hearing authorities led the disgraced pastor to jail.

When Farren was arrested, he was the leader of Anchor Church in Texarkana. The victims of this sex abuse say they first met Farren while attending Trinity Christian School. Farren was also acting as the youth minister at Trinity Church and later on at Heritage Baptist Church. The girl was in middle school at the time she told the former pastor she had been sexually abused in 2013. By law, any members of the clergy including teachers and medical personnel are required to report allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to the national child abuse hotline which he did not.

Later, the victim would be babysitting Farren's children when he first touched her sexually under a blanket while she lay on the couch. They also had intercourse on her 17th birthday in 2013 and again more than 20 times after. They would even have sex in Farren's garage while his wife was home but he would not divorce his wife before that would be a sin.

According to the victim, the abuse stopped later that year when she realized how he had control over her. The disgraced former pastor will be required to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison along with having his DNA added to state and national databases.

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Source: https://txktoday.com/arkansas-news/pastor-sentenced-15-years-sexual-abuse-teen-girls/

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