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Pastor sentenced to 40 years in child molesting

James Burton

A Fort Wayne pastor convicted of child molesting was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

James Burton, who was pastor of Greater Faith Baptist Church at the time of the abuse, was convicted in February of two Class A felony counts of child molesting.

In late 2012, Allen County prosecutors charged Burton with four counts of child molesting – two Class A felonies and two Class C felonies – after a girl who had lived with his family while in foster care accused him of performing sex acts on her and fondling her on more than one occasion between June 2009 and January 2012.

The girl was removed from the Burtons’ home that year.

The girl, now 10, disclosed the abuse to a teacher at her school by a handwritten note. She testified Tuesday, the first day of the trial.

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