Geauga County pastor sentenced to 2 years in prison for sexually abusing his daughters

WOIO - CBS 19 [Cleveland OH]

July 28, 2023

By Julia Bingel and Megan McSweeney

A Thompson Township pastor was sentenced to two years in prison Friday morning for sexually abusing his daughters.

Dennis Laferty plead guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition June 22.

Laferty, 37, was indicted following an investigation by detectives into allegations of sexual abuse involving minors between Nov. 30 2019 and Jan. 30.

Laferty was the pastor at the Thompson United Methodist Church. The church now has a new name and pastor

According to the Thompson United Methodist Church Admin Council, Laferty has since been suspended as pastor.

Laferty will register as a Tier II sex offender.