NEILLSVILLE (WKOW) -- A former pastor from Clark County has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy he met on the Internet.
Dane County prosecutors say 51-year-old Ervin Witmer, of Owen, talked to the boy in an online chat room for gay teens. Witmer became aware that he had been sexually abused as a youngster by a relative. He then arranged to meet him at a Madison motel.
Witmer was a pastor at the Church of the Brethren in Stanley until 2011 when will became a district manager for a Christian book distributor. The State Journal reports, Witmer pleaded guilty in October to one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Two other counts were dismissed but considered at sentencing.
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