CONCORD, N.C. — A former Concord youth pastor was sentenced to at least 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to molesting young boys in his care.
WECT-TV reported that Robert Price pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Judge Erwin Spainhour sentenced Price to as much time as he could under the terms of the plea agreement, according to WECT-TV.
Price had been originally been charged with five counts of indecent liberties with a child in Mecklenburg County and several other charges in Cabarrus County.
Prosecutors said the crimes happened between 2000 and 2006. One accuser said Price molested him in a car in 2011 and at a church building in Concord.
Price will spend 16 to 20 months in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.
The investigation started when a 23-year-old man went to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in January and said the suspect molested him numerous times.
In 2009, another victim told Concord Police he was sexually assaulted by the suspect at the church years prior.
The case in Concord was reopened after the victim in Charlotte also reported the incident to them, officials said.
WBTV reported that the suspect was still preaching at Kings Way Baptist Church in Concord weeks after the Charlotte police report was filed.
The suspect’s picture has since been removed from the church’s website and the suspect’s brother is now the lead pastor, according to WBTV.
Read more: WECT-TV