Imprisoned ex-Indiana pastor getting electronics returned

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — An imprisoned ex-southern Indiana pastor who admitted charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme faking a burglary of his home to pay an opioid drug debt is getting his confiscated electronics returned.

A hearing on the request by 39-year-old Justin White to get back seized items including a cellphone and two laptops was set for Nov. 8. The Republic reports it was canceled after Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash didn’t object.

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The alleged burglary was in December 2015. White was sentenced last year after pleading guilty to two felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for inducing a 16-year-old youth to deal in hydrocodone and oxycontin.

White was pastor of First Christian Church in Columbus. He’s said his opioid addiction started with a prescription for headaches.

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