Pastor, church elders from Maine won’t be jailed for failing to report abuse

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 22, 2010, at 2:03 p.m.

CONWAY, N.H. — Three New Hampshire church members won’t be going to jail after being found guilty of failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a child.

WMWV-FM reports Judge Pamela Albee sentenced the pastor of the Valley Christian Church in Conway and two church elders to 30 days in jail, all suspended, plus probation and a $2,000 fine each.

They were found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to report they suspected a 12-year-old girl had been sexually abused by another church elder. No one has been charged.

The alleged abuse happened in September 2009. Albee found that 34-year-old Timothy Dillmuth of Stow, Maine, the pastor, and 70-year-old Robert Gagnon and 62-year-old Richard Eland, both elders from Brownfield, Maine, didn’t tell police until February.

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