UPDATE: Family Speaks After Fmr. Buena Vista Pastor Sentenced To 35 Years On Child Sex Abuse Charges


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Lexington, VA – At 62-years-old, Larry Clark may spend the rest of his life in a jail cell.

But the former Buena Vista pastor says he doesn’t deserve the time, maintaining his innocence. At his sentencing Monday, he said, “My life has been devastated by the lies said about me.”

Sandy McElroy, Clark’s niece, tells ABC 13 that Clark would never harm a child.

“He’s innocent and I just hope whoever or whatever has done this to [the victim] that maybe one day they’ll pay and I’ll just say he wishes him no ill will. I just think in this small town it’s a crime not to let the case be moved out of this town,” said McElroy.

In October, a jury found the former Buena Vista pastor guilty of two counts of carnal knowledge and three counts of indecent liberties. During his testimony on a closed-circuit TV, the victim said Clark raped him.

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