Former Maryland Pastor Gets 4 Years for Child Sex Abuse

Man pleaded guilty to molesting 10-year-old girl

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:05 PM EDT
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Ex-Md. Pastor Gets 4 Years for Child Sex Abuse

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The former pastor of a Montgomery County, Md., church is going to prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Joe Ivey, 74, of Walkersville was sentenced Wednesday in Frederick to four years with another 16 suspended.

The former senior pastor of the Barnesville Baptist Church pleaded guilty last month to second-degree sex offense. He allegedly abused the girl in February 2010 while she visited his home.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith said Ivey must register as sex offender after his release.

During his five years of supervised probation, he must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and submit to any recommended testing and treatment.

Smith said the court ordered Ivey to have no contact with the victim's family and to avoid unsupervised contact with anyone under 18.

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