Former Youth Minister Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

Associated Press, carried in
December 15, 2006

Grayson, KY. - A former youth minister from northeastern Kentucky pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree sexual abuse in connection with the alleged rapes of two underage girls in 2003 and 2005.

Eric B. Porter, 31, was a youth pastor at Gregoryville Christian Church when the crimes occurred, and the victims, ages 16 and 15 at the time, were church members. Porter entered the plea Thursday.

When he was arrested nearly a year ago, Porter was initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one burglary charge. The sex crimes were Class A felonies, which carry a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

"That's the offer he pleaded to," Carter County Commonwealth's Attorney David Flatt told The Independent of Ashland. "He hasn't been sentenced yet so, obviously, the judge could come back and decide not to accept it."

Porter's sentencing is set for late January.

Flatt said the deal was made because the families of the victims didn't want them to have to testify.

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