John Pinkston

78-year-old minister molested little girls inside his Georgia church, now he wants a new trial

Investigators told CrimeOnline that a former Georgia pastor who molested two young girls inside his church will ask a judge next week for a new trial following his recent conviction.

A jury found John Aubrey Pinkston, 78, guilty in 2015 on two counts of child molestation, WGCL reported.

The former pastor is reportedly serving a 20-year sentence, but will serve 10 of those years on probation, WSB-TV reports.

The two girls told jurors Pinkston fondled them inside his church, Congregation of God Seventh Day in Kennesaw, Georgia. WSB reported Pinkston admitted to officers he touched one girl, calling it a “stupid mistake,” which he claimed lasted “only 15 seconds,” according to the district attorney.

“Not only did he not take responsibility, when he took the witness stand, he spit in everyone’s face with the nonsense that he used to try to manipulate that jury,” said the district attorney in a press release.

Pinkston apologized and asked for leniency before being sentenced, but when questioned about his sincerity, he said, “What more do you want me to do? You’re going to send me to prison anyway,” according to a WSB report.

Pinkston served as an ordained minister for more than 30 years and was author and the voice of “Watch America,” a series of radio and television programs, according to the Atlanta-Constitution Journal.

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