- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A former Brookings pastor convicted of having sexual contact with a child is heading to prison.

The Brookings Register reports (https://bit.ly/1JlyN2j ) that 38-year-old Timothy Bariteau has been sentenced to eight years behind bars. He had faced up to 15 years.

Bariteau was indicted last November and arrested in California, where he had been living. He was convicted in June after a Brookings County jury deliberated for about five hours.

Authorities say the crime against a child younger than 16 occurred in April or May of 2014 when Bariteau was one of the pastors at Morningside Community Church in Brookings.

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Information from: Brookings Register, https://www.brookingsregister.com/

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