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Former Arizona pastor convicted of child molestation

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Posted at 10:09 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 13:09:52-04

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A former Arizona pastor has been convicted of molesting an 11-year-old boy more than two decades ago.

The Daily Courier reports a Yavapai County jury found former Prescott pastor Thomas Chantry guilty Wednesday of four counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault.

Prosecutor Susan Eazer told jurors that the former pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church had told the victim that God would punish him if the child reported the abuse.

Chantry's attorney Ryan Stevens in closing arguments questioned the accuracy of the court testimony and said that a thorough police investigation had not been conducted.

Chantry is scheduled to be sentenced in July. He also has been charged in a separate child abuse and molestation case.