Caleb Sexton, a 28-year-old coach and pastor’s son, plead guilty for mo1estation of a girl who was 13 at the time of the crime. Sexton reportedly used his status in the church to gain access to the young girl. He was arrested on September 26, 2014 and charged with mo1estation of a minor.
After coaxing the girl into an inappropriate relationship, he also asked her to send him pictures of herself nude. At that time, Sexton would have been twenty-six.
In order to reduce his sentence, Sexton pled guilty during his Erie County Court trial. He was officially charged with a third degree s*xual act with a minor that endangered the welfare of a child. The offender will have to register as a s*x offender and could face up to 4 years in prison.
“They gravitate towards these positions of trust and, unfortunately, they betray their trust,” Cheektowaga Police Asst. Chief, James Speyer, stated. “They’re preying on the weakest members of our society: our children.”
Sexton met the young girl at Hedstrom Baptist Church, where his father, Douglas Sexton, is the pastor. The offender was also a soccer and basketball coach at the West Seneca Christian School.
The victim befriended Sexton on Facebook, where they began chatting on the social media site’s messenger. Eventually, Sexton sent unseemly photos of his genitals and asked the girl to do the same. The series of improper correspondence and meetings took place between the span of January of 2012 and September of 2013.
The devious acts conducted by Sexton were on church property in secluded areas of the building. The girl’s mother contacted the police, last year, to report that the older male had mo1ested her daughter.
After his trial, he will no longer be allowed within a certain radius of the church or school grounds. On November 24, Sexton will appear before Judge Kenneth Case to receive his sentence. Police are calling the case “disgusting” and “disturbing.”
According to Douglas Sexton, he believes his son is innocent and continues to ask for prayer that the truth will come to light. “People of the church community ought to be praying for truth,” he stated back when his son was originally incarcerated.