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.
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— Texarkana Gazette (@TxkGazette) October 3, 2017