Man convicted of molesting while a pastor in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Jurors have convicted a man of molesting a young girl while he was pastor of a Fort Wayne church.

The Allen County jury reached the guilty verdicts Thursday night against 51-year-old James Burton on two counts of felony child molesting. The Journal Gazette reports jurors acquitted Burton of two less-serious molesting charges.

Prosecutors charged Burton molested the now-10-year-old girl while she was a foster child in his care from 2009 until early 2012. He was pastor of Greater Faith Baptist Church when he was arrested last year.

The girl testified she liked living at Burton's home but that he repeatedly touched her "privates" and told her to take her clothes off.

Burton's defense attorney argued prosecutors lacked proof and that the girl gave contradictory accounts of what happened.

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