- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former church worker in the Birmingham area to prison on child sex charges.

Prosecutors say the judge sentenced 35-year-old Jason Michael Hanks to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old child and possessing child pornography.

Hankins pleaded guilty to the charges in January. He used to work on the staff of the family life center at Shades Crest Baptist Church in Hoover.

Authorities say Hankins found his victim by seeking out a single mother on a Christian dating website. They say he then abused the child and used his cellphone to capture images of what happened.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler says Hankins will have to spend the rest of his life on probation if he’s ever released from prison.

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