Ex-Enterprise youth pastor pleads guilty to raping teenage girl, sentenced to 3 years in jail

ENTERPRISE, Ala. -- A former Enterprise youth pastor will serve three years in jail after pleading guilty to raping a teenage girl, according to The Dothan Eagle.

Timothy Thomas, 26, who was arrested in March 2013 then fired from his job at St. Luke United Methodist Church, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and received an 8-year split-sentence with credit for time served -- around 280 days -- while awaiting trial. Upon his release from the Coffee County Jail, Thomas will be forced to register as a sex offender.

According to the report, Thomas was released on bond following his arrest, but it was later revoked after he sent sexually-explicit text messages to his victim, who he raped sometime between February and March of last year.

Assistant district attorney Chris Kamanski told the newspaper that this was the first case he'd seen "where somebody took advantage of a leadership position like that."

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