NKY pastor sentenced to six years for criminal abuse

NKY pastor sentenced to six years for criminal abuse
A Boone County pastor was sentenced Wednesday to six years in jail for sexual abuse against a minor. (Anthony Laville Brooks, Credit: Boone County Sheriff's Office)

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A Boone County pastor was sentenced Wednesday to six years in jail for criminal abuse.

Anthony Brooks was a pastor at Jesus House of Believers Worship Center in Florence.

Brooks was indicted on five counts of sexual abuse against a minor but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in Jan. 2019.

Investigators said the abuse took place between July 2016 and July 2019.

The victim spoke before Brooks was taken away, “Unfortunately it just isn’t in my heart to hate you. I wish you the best and I wish that you can overcome this. But make no mistake, if this action is repeated with my siblings, I will find you.”

The judge gave Brooks two 3-year prison terms to be served consecutively.

On top of the prison sentence, Brooks was ordered to return a car to the victim and her family which she apparently helped Brooks buy.

He was also ordered to give up some of the victim’s clothes which he still had in his possession.

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