Pastor gets 5 life sentences for sexual abuse of girls

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

July 3, 2020

By Lynn Larowe

A Texarkana pastor was sentenced to five life sentences and 11 20-year terms by a Bowie County jury Thursday for the sexual abuse of three women he molested when they were children.

Presiding 202nd District Judge John Tidwell ordered that Logan Wesley III, 56, serve the terms consecutively for a total of five life sentences plus 220 years. The jury also assessed three $10,000 fines for a total of $30,000.

The three victims — now 38, 34 and 32 — testified that Wesley used his position as pastor of Trinity Temple Church of God In Christ on Washington Street in Texarkana, Ark., to prey on them and to conceal his misdeeds. One of the woman is a close relative of Wesley’s who came to live with him when she was 13. She said Wesley continued to sexually assault her until she was about 20.

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