CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Gaston County pastor has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting young girls during a 2009 mission trip to Haiti.
The Gaston Gazette reported that Larry Michael Bollinger, 68, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.
If Bollinger lives long enough to leave prison, he’ll serve the remainder of his life as a supervised sex offender.
Bollinger has been in jail since he was arrested a year and a half ago, and it was almost a year ago that he pleaded guilty to the charges.
In court Friday, Bollinger told the judge that he is a sex addict. He said his problems began when he became too interested in pornography while he was a pastor at several different churches in the U.S.
Bollinger described in detail how he had patronized adult bookstores and prostitutes one place after the other. He said that two years after he moved to Haiti, 11-year-old girls made themselves available and he took advantage of them.
“I crossed boundaries I never imagined I would have crossed. I’m very embarrassed that I let myself slip to those depths, but I did,” he said, tearing up.
Bollinger was arrested after he admitted what he had done to a therapist in Texas. About two dozen people were in the courtroom to support Bollinger.
Bollinger regularly traveled to Haiti as a mission coordinator for the Lazarus Project, a Christian charity that runs an orphanage for disabled children and a school.
Source: The Gaston Gazette