Ex-Pastor Pleads to Molestation, But Judge Wants Jail

Monday, Jul 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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Ex-Pastor Pleads to Molestation, But Judge Wants Jail

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Tommy Shelton

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The former pastor of a Fairfax County church has pleaded guilty to molesting two boys in the 1990s, but a judge may reject the deal because it does not call for any jail time.

Tommy R. Shelton Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Shelton would not serve jail time but would be required to register as a sex offender.

At the plea hearing, Judge Randy Bellows said he may reject the deal as too lenient. If that happens, Shelton could withdraw his plea and the case would go to trial.

Shelton, 65, now of Marion, Ky., was pastor of the Community Church of God in Dunn Loring from 1995 to 2000.

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