OH Youth Ministry Volunteer Gets Life For Child Rapes

The Ohio Times-Reporter reports:

A 60-year-old man who formerly volunteered with a church youth ministry has received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years for raping and committing other sex offenses against two girls. Tuscarawas County Judge Michael J. Ernest sentenced Jeffrey A. Pringle Thursday on three counts of child rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Defense attorney John Watters II read a letter from Pringle’s pastor, Jeff Calkins, who said the defendant was repentant. Calkins requested leniency for the defendant. Given the chance to speak on his own behalf, Pringle expressed regret. “I don’t want anybody to feel bad about me going to prison,” he said. “I feel like a failure. I did ask God for mercy and He has forgiven me.”

Read the full article. The victims were 12 and 13 years old.