Former Gallia County Pastor Pleads Guilty

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A former Gallia County pastor will be behind bars for 15 years after pleading guilty to multiple counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

David Young, former pastor of the Simpson United Methodist Church, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 15 counts of a 20-count indictment.

Prosecutors say the teenage victim knew Young through a class he taught at the church.

Young was arrested and charged with the crime back in October.

Young apologized in the courtroom, but refused comment after sentencing.

Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman says he is pleased the victim doesn't have to testify since Young pleaded guilty.