DATELINE: CLEVELAND, Ohio – A former youth pastor who told a judge he began sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl after he mistook her for his wife, then continued abusing her for more than two years, was sentenced Thursday to spend more than four years in prison.
David Walker, who preached at Church Alive International in Cleveland and then at The Dwelling Place Family Worship Center in North Olmsted, pleaded guilty in March to six counts of attempted sexual battery and one count of endangering children in connection with multiple incidents of sexual abuse that investigators said took place from 2003 to 2007.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Ashley Kilbane
Pastor Walker told the judge, he and the youth group were in a lock-in, where members sleep over inside the church, when somehow the girl ended up sleeping next to him. He said he thought the girl sleeping next to him was his wife and he “started rubbing her,” and he didn’t realize until the next morning that it was the girl.
Walker’s wife, Anna, pleaded guilty the same day to one count of assault and one count of endangering children after admitting that she participated in one incident of sexual abuse when the girl was 17. Kilbane sentenced her to one year of probation, saying she acted at the behest of her husband.
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