February 01, 2006

Pastor pleads guilty to touching minor

The Press of Atlantic City

By MADELAINE VITALE Staff Writer, (609) 272-7218
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

A pastor of a Salem County Baptist church who was charged nearly two years ago with aggravated sexual assault pleaded guilty Monday to offensive touching and simple assault.

Llewellyn E. Hill III, of the Richland section of Buena Vista Township, is expected to be sentenced to probation. He also will not have to register as a Megan's Law offender if the judge does not reject the plea at sentencing in the spring.

Hill was arrested in February 2004 on charges of aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, child abuse and aggravated criminal sexual contact involving three victims. Authorities said all the victims were minors at the time and members of the congregation when the alleged incidents took place from 1999 to 2003. If convicted at trial, Hill could have faced 55 years in prison.

Posted by kshaw at February 1, 2006 08:17 AM