Pastor Jacob Malone, 35, of Exton, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty on Friday to sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenager while he was working at a nondenominational church. Malone will reportedly serve between three to six years in prison, after Judge Jacqueline Cody denied a two-year minimum jail term agreement, saying it was too lenient.
Authorities said that Malone began sexually assaulting the girl in the fall of 2014, when she was in her late teens. She gave birth to a daughter one year ago and has said that the once-trusted spiritual leader took advantage of her “mentally, physically, spiritually.”
Malone was convicted for the crimes of institutional sex assault, corruption of minors, and child endangerment. He would not admit to a rape charge, which was originally included in the list of crimes.
Defense attorney Evan Kelly stated that his client “has always been adamant” he did not rape the teenager, but has admitted to the other crimes, and for that “he is embarrassed, ashamed and truly remorseful.” In addition to the jail time, Malone must register as a sex offender for 15 years.
Malone admitted to having given the girl alcohol but he told the judge that the sexual encounters were consensual. He stated that he was sorry that his “failures and weaknesses” had hurt her, her family, and his family. He added, “she admired me and trusted me, and I betrayed that.”
Cody commented that Malone would be “serving a sentence much lighter than the crime deserves,” adding that this was “one of the times when the court system fails.”
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