Indianapolis pastor gets 40 years for molesting young member of his church

INDIANAPOLIS - A former Indianapolis pastor who was found guilty of molesting a young boy who was a member of his congregation was sentenced to four decades behind bars for his crimes this week.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that Otis B. Jetter, a former pastor of Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (2301 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave.), was sentenced to 40 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for two counts of child molesting.

Jetter was convicted by a jury last December of molesting a child who, at the time of the first molestation, was 12 years old. The accuser, now in his 30s, came forward in 2012, telling police Jetter began molesting him in the mid-'90s.

The man said Jetter often picked him up for church or dropped him off at home afterward.

A probable cause affidavit said the accuser told investigators that in November of 1994, Jetter picked him up and then parked near Indianapolis International Airport, forcing the boy to perform a sexual act on him.

The man told police when he was 13, Jetter gave him a ride home from church but stopped on a side street and forced him to have intercourse. The accuser said Jetter gave him $25 and told him never to tell anyone about the incidents.

The accuser said another incident happened when he was 14 and that he and the pastor had sex in a hotel.

The victim told investigators he decided to come forward after seeing Jetter bring a young boy to church.

The prosecutor's office said because the incidents took place in roughly 1994 and 1996, the effective sentencing statutes during each of those years determined the potential sentence ordered in court Tuesday. Child molesting was a Class B felony in 1994, but was elevated in state law to a Class A felony by 1996.

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