Ohio Pastor Pleads Guilty To Felony Child Sex Charges

Cleveland’s Fox affiliate reports:

A Geauga County pastor has pleaded guilty to sex crimes relating to the abuse of minors. Under a plea agreement reached Wednesday, Dennis W. Laferty, 37, of Tiro, in Crawford County, could face up to 10 years in prison on the two felony counts of gross sexual imposition to which he pleaded Wednesday, as well as two months in jail on a misdemeanor count of sexual imposition. He could also be subject to five years of probation upon release and be made to register as a tier II sex offender. The offenses to which Laferty pleaded happened between November 2019 and January 2023 in Geauga County, according to his indictment.

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Laferty has a 2012 conviction for “aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.” His guilty plea doesn’t change our tally, as he appeared on it when he was arrested in March 2023. As I noted at the time and as you can see in an example below, Laferty is virulently anti-LGBTQ.


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