Pastor Gets Four Life Sentences On Child Sex Charges

Johnson City’s ABC affiliate reports:

A former pastor from Southwest Virginia was sentenced to four life sentences after he pleaded guilty to multiple child sex crimes.

A release from the office of Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Cumbow states that Terry Frank Compton was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court. Compton was sentenced to 240 years in addition to the four life sentences. The release states that no time was suspended.

According to police, Compton is originally from Maryland and was the pastor of Faith Independent Missionary Baptist Church in Damascus at the time of his arrest. Investigators say the abuse began in 1995 and continued for 26 years.

Read the full article. The charges included “sodomy of a helpless victim” and “object sexual penetration of a child less than 13 years old.” I reported on Compton’s arrest in February 2022 before we began our near-daily tally of pedophile pastors.