GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A former northern Indiana youth pastor was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he molested several boys.
An Elkhart County judge sentenced him to three 9-year sentences for felonies, ordering him to serve 20 of those years in prison with seven years suspended.
Christner’s attorney had argued for a sentence of probation only.
One of Christener’s victims and some of the other youths’ parents attended Wednesday’s hearing and became visibly frustrated when Christner apologized for his actions, WSBT-TV reported.
Some parents wrote letters to the court, while others took the stand, telling the court about the mental and physical trauma Christner’s actions had caused their children.
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