Willie Clarence White plead guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse for groping underage girls on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Logan Circuit Court.

White was originally charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse but admitted to the amended charges as part of a plea agreement with acting Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker. White was the associate pastor of Focus Church in Lewisburg when he molested the girls.

Circuit Judge Tyler Gill questioned White as to what it was he did.

"When I was hugging the girls, I touched their butts for sexual gratification," White said.

White said there were two victims. In the original indictment, there were three victims, but Crocker said one had moved away and was no longer a part of the case.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class B misdemeanor.

As part of the plea agreement, White will be placed on the lifetime sexual offender registry. He also agreed to a 90-day sentence, which will be probated, he will have a two-year probation period and is also barred from having any contact with the victims or their families.

Crocker said that the victims and their families were on board with the plea agreement.

"The families' main priorities was the lifetime registry," Crocker said.

White was charged in 1980 in Todd County with first-degree rape of a 15-year-old female. He pled guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree rape. At the time he plead guilty to that crime, there was no sexual offender registry.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's edition of the News-Democrat & Leader

 

White was charged in 1980 in Todd County with first-degree rape of a 15-year-old female. He pled guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree rape.
White was charged in 1980 in Todd County with first-degree rape of a 15-year-old female. He pled guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree rape.