Former pastor pleads guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child, sentenced to 20 years

Posted at 2:27 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 16:42:59-05

A former pastor has pleaded guilty on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

Whitney police said that Benjamin Nelson was arrested for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child with three related charges in February of 2017. 

A 13-year-old reported to Whitney police that she had met Nelson online and had engaged in sexual contact. Nelson was a pastor at a local church at the time. 

Whitney police said that Nelson pleaded guilty to all five counts and was sentenced to 20 years to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and required to register as a lifetime sex offender. 

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