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Former Md. pastor gets 4 years for child sex abuse

Wednesday - 3/28/2012, 4:46pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - The former pastor of a Montgomery County church is going to prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Seventy-four-year-old Joe Ivey of Walkersville was sentenced Wednesday in Frederick to four years, with another 16 suspended.

The former senior pastor of the Barnesville Baptist Church pleaded guilty last month to second-degree sex offense. He allegedly abused the girl in February 2010 while she visited his home.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Ivey must register as sex offender after his release.

During his five years of supervised probation, he must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and submit to any recommended testing and treatment.

Smith says the court ordered Ivey to have no contact with the victim's family and to avoid unsupervised contact with anyone under 18.


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