Ex-pastor sentenced to 35 years in prison in Buena Vista molestation case

The Roanoke Times

Mon Jan 5, 2015

Luanne Rife luanne.rife@roanoke.com 981-3209

LEXINGTON — Before the 62-year-old former preacher was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison for child molestation, he urged his victim “to swallow your pride and come forward and fix your mistake.”

Larry McKinley Clark proclaimed his innocence and directed much of his statement at his sentencing hearing at the teenager he was convicted of molesting for two and a half years, starting when the boy was in middle school.

Clark had been the pastor of Pentecostal Outreach Church in Buena Vista and the teen was a member of the church.

Clark said unless the teen confesses the truth “you will carry the guilt of this your whole life.” Clark said his life has been ruined by fabrications.

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