Minister-professor sentenced for soliciting minor

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A former religion professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania was sentenced June 1 for soliciting sex with what he believed were preteen girls. Saying the crime “cries out for incarceration,” Judge Scott A. Evans sentenced David B. Eller, 61, to two and a half to 10 years in state prison followed by five years of probation.

Eller, an ordained minister, tearfully hugged his wife before he was led away by sheriff’s deputies. She had told the judge she had forgiven her husband.

The chair of the college’s department of religious studies when he was arrested last July, Eller was quickly dismissed by the college. He was arrested when he arrived at a parking lot in Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania, to meet what he thought was a 12-year-old girl seeking a sexual encounter.

Instead, he met agents of the state attorney general’s office Child Predator Unit, who had been conversing online with Eller using four preteen identities.


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