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Former Youith Pastor Gets 18-Months For Sex Abuse Of A Minor

Former Youith Pastor Gets 18-Months For Sex Abuse Of A Minor

A former youth pastor is going to prison. In Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Shaun Michael Ross, 33, of Grantsville, Maryland, was given 18-months behind bars. In addition, he will be placed on five-years supervised probation when he's released, and must register as a sex offender for life.

The sentencing followed a plea to one count of sex abuse of a minor entered on Wednesday by Ross.

"It was a sentence that was quite difficult to come to," says State's Attorney Charlie Smith. "These are difficult cases where you balance the interests of the community with the interests of the victim. But after a lot of conversation with the family, it was decided that he would do an 18-month sentence."

Smith says the total sentence is 25-years with all but 18-months suspended. If he violates the terms of his probation, Ross could go back to prison to serve the remaining 23 and a-half years.

Ross was indicted in July, 2013, on two counts of sex abuse of a minor. During his time as a youth pastor at Calvary Assembly church in Walkersville, Ross had an inappropriate relationship with the victim. It occurred between 2008 and 2010 until Ross was confronted about it by church members, according to the indictment.

Smith says Ross abused his authority while working at the church and serving in a position of authority. "It's a sad case," he says. "You're talking about a situation where he not only affected the victim and the victim's family, look what he's done to his own family; look what he's done his church family; look what he's done to his parents who were there {at sentencing} and spoke."

 

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