PERRY -- A former Hawkinsville pastor was sentenced to 30
years in prison Friday for having sex with an underage teen he met at
Terrance King, 34, was convicted Thursday of statutory
rape, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent
purposes. The Houston County jury in the case deliberated less than an
hour in reaching its verdict.
King, who was the pastor of Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church for about three years, took the then-15-year-old
ninth-grader to a Perry hotel Nov. 13, 2012, and had sex with her.
Court Judge Edward D. Lukemire also sentenced King to life on probation
after he’s released from prison. The judge also banished King from
Houston County and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or her
family, even if King later chose to write a letter of apology.
characterized King’s actions as “especially onerous” because King was a
pastor. The judge expanded on a prosecutor’s statement to jurors that
King was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
“You were a wolf in shepherd’s clothing,” Lukemire told him.
noted that King betrayed trust in his position of influence as the
spiritual leader of his congregation, and that his position gave him
more sway over a young girl than someone in another position of
influence might have, such as a teacher.
“It’s just disgusting,” the judge said.
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