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Friday, February 24, 2006                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor Pleads No Contest in Sex Case

A northern Ohio church pastor arrested in an internet sex sting has faced a judge over his charges.

Roy Burton, a pastor from Milford Center near Marysville, Ohio, has been in Greene County several times over the past few months, mostly for court appearances stemming from his November arrest.

Burton was charged with importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Wednesday morning, he waived his right to a trial, pleading no contest. A common decision in Greene County, where more than a hundred similar internet arrests have been made.

"I think the message is they know the work of the detectives builds a solid case and they don't have any wiggle room to hide. Pretty much they are very strong cases and hard to put a defense on," said Assistant Greene County Prosecutor Adolfo Tornichio.

Burton is scheduled to be sentenced on April 4.