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Texarkana pastor sentenced to 15 years for sexual abuse

TEXARKANA, Ark. – A pastor in southwestern Arkansas has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two teen girls he met in church.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that 42-year-old David Wayne Farren first confessed to abusing the victims during an interview with police in 2016.

He later pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of violating mandatory reporting requirements.

He’ll have to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

The victims are now in their 20s.

Prosecutors say the young women approved of the plea agreement, which spared them from testifying in court.