Fmr. Youth Pastor Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

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Updated Wed, Oct 3, 2012 12:40 pm

A former southeastern Ohio youth pastor has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving a 13-year-old girl in the congregation.

Travis Branstetter, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of attempted gross sexual imposition as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
 
Other charges were dropped.
 
Branstetter was an ordained minister who was youth pastor for five years at the Church of the Nazarene in Logan.
 
A judge said he could get up to three years in prison, but his attorney will ask for probation and other sanctions.
 
He will be sentenced Dec. 21.
 
His attorney said he plans to move to another town with his wife.
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