Saturday, March 20, 2010

Methodist Pastor Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

Dennis N. Reedy, 65, of Philipsburg, will probably be released from jail in the next few weeks, his attorney, Dave Mason said, following 222 days behind bars, two attempts to resolve his case, and “sins against God, broken family ties and embarrassed friends,” Reedy told a judge.

As part of his plea agreement, Reedy will spend about one year on parole and four on probation, during which he must undergo counseling or face more time behind bars.

Reedy admitted to indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy he invited to work in his Philipsburg garage. He also admitted to giving the boy and his friend an obscene story depicting the children as homosexual characters.

Weeks after being arrested on charges related to that, police said they caught Reedy in a bathroom at the Nittany Mall with a 16-year-old boy engaging in sexual acts. In that case, Reedy pleaded no contest, not admitting guilt by conceding that prosecutors could prove their case at trial.

For several years, Reedy was employed as a United Methodist Church pastor, including a stint as pastor of Christ United Methodist in Tyrone. In 2006, Reedy entered the rehabilitative program after being charged with indecent assault of a boy who said Reedy groped him at a church camp. Reedy denied that incident ever happened, but told Manno he was fired a short time later from Wal- Mart, when his boss insisted he saw Reedy inappropriately touching a teenage boy on surveillance tape. No charges were ever brought in that case.

As part of his sentence, he also can’t have any contact with any children, and will have to register as a Megan’s Law offender for the rest of his life.

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