Georgia Pastor Convicted|of Child-Abuse Charges

     MARIETTA (CN) – It took just 33 minutes for a Georgia jury to convict a 78-year-old pastor of molesting two young girls at his church in Cobb County.
     During the trial, two young girls testified that they were molested by defendant John Aubrey Pinkston, at the Congregation of God Seventh Day in Kennesaw, a church Pinkston founded and led.
     Pinkston, of Dallas, was arrested in 2013 on a total of three counts of child molestation.
     The Cobb District Attorney’s Office said later Pinkston confessed to touching one girl when questioned by police, telling them it was a “stupid mistake” that lasted “only 15 seconds.”
     After the jury announced its verdict, Judge Robert Leonard II sentenced Pinkston to 10 years behind bars, and another 10 years on probation to be served after his release.
     “Mr. Pinkston, you’ve been convicted of the unforgiveable sin of molesting the most vulnerable members of your flock,” Leonard said during the sentencing, “You’ve taken no responsibility whatsoever.”
     Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring, who prosecuted the case, was even more blunt during a press conference following Pinkston’s sentencing, saying not only did he refuse to take responsibility for his acts, but “he spit in everyone’s face with the nonsense that he used to try to manipulate the jury.”
     Pinkston did apologize before he was sentenced, but when Judge Leonard question whether his apology was sincere, the disgraced pastor expressed only frustration.
     “What more do you want me to do? You’re going to send me to prison anyway,” Pinkston said.

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