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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
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Monday, 5 January 2015

Former Virginia Pastor Guilty of Child Sex Abuse Charges to be Sentenced Today


Larry Clark
Updates are in reverse chronological order:

Posted: May 06, 2014 11:18 AM PDT
Updated: Jan 05, 2015 8:18 AM PST

UPDATE: A former Buena Vista, Virginia pastor is set to appear in court Monday afternoon for his sentencing.

In October a Rockbridge County jury found Larry Clark guilty of five of the six charges against him, including two counts of carnal knowledge and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
   
The jury recommended the maximum punishment of 35 years and a fine of nearly $108,000.
   
A judge will make the final call.

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UPDATE: A former Buena Vista pastor has been found guilty on child sex abuse charges.  The jury found him guilty on five of six charges, including two counts of carnal knowledge and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The jury had the Larry Clark case for less than an hour.

This conviction means that two other cases against the former pastor will not go forward.  Those cases were backups in the event Clark was found not guilty.

The jury recommended the maximum sentence for Clark, which is 35 years and a nearly $108,000 fine.  He will be sentenced on January 5.

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Update: 5:50 p.m.

Lexington, VA - Former Buena Vista pastor Larry Clark was in court today - facing charges he sexually abused teens.

One of the teens, so traumatized by the alleged events, appeared via close circuit TV to testify today... not comfortable being in the same room as his alleged attacker.

While the morning session was used to select a jury the afternoon saw testimony revolve around the one alleged victim's story the Commonwealth believes they can prove.

That spares the other two alleged victims from testifying. It also knocked down Clark's charge count from 27 to six including 3 counts of carnal knowledge and 3 counts of indecent liberties while in a position of authority.

In all Clark faces 45 years in prison for the offenses that allegedly began in 2011... stopping in 2013.

In that testimony, the boy - who was between 13 or 14 at the time it began says it all started with special treatment and dinners.  The boy said that eventually led to fondling while Clark drove him home from church... a drive that would sometimes be interrupted with a stop at Clark's home where it is alleged Clark raped the boy.

The defense pointed out several inconsistencies with the teen's testimony and attacked his inability to remember small details about the events surrounding the alleged crimes.

Lawyers expect this case to go deep into tomorrow afternoon before wrapping up.

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Update: 11:45 a.m.:

A jury has been seated in the trial of Larry Clark. Attorneys selected seven men and six women to be on the jury.

Also, all but six charges against Clark have been dropped.

He still faces three counts of indecent liberties and three counts of carnal knowledge.

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Rockbridge, VA - A former Buena Vista pastor, charged with dozens of counts of indecent acts with children is scheduled to go on trial today.

A grand jury indicted 62-year-old Larry Clark back in May.

He faces charges including cruelty to a child and carnal knowledge.

At a hearing in February, two alleged victims between 14 and 15 years old testified they were abused at Clark's home or an adjacent church property in Buena Vista.

His trial is set to last two days.

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Rockbridge Co., VA - A grand jury has indicted the former Buena Vista pastor who is charged with indecent acts with a child.

Larry Clark, 62, faces charges including cruelty to a child and carnal knowledge.

He was the pastor of the Pentecostal Outreach Church. 

At a hearing in February, two alleged victims between 14 and 15 years old testified they were abused at Clark's home or an adjacent church property in Buena Vista.

Clark will go on trial on July 28th.