Sex chat trial day
Three sexual encounters allegedly occurred between the now 18-year-old victim and Johnson, 35, who at the time of the alleged abuse was pastor at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana.
A teenage boy testified Wednesday that he waited two years to tell anyone that his pastor, Isrom Johnson, had sodomized him because he was worried about damaging his family's relationship with the pastor and church community.
Both were charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence in the case and were offered plea agreements and about one year of probation in exchange for their testimony.
Long, Vandenburg's attorney, confronted Finley about the messages Finley and Vandenburg exchanged during the alleged rape.
Prosecutor Alicia Gomez said the pastor knowingly abused his position of trust."The pastor capitalized on the fact (the alleged victim) was a young boy who was questioning his sexuality," Gomez said.