Former Brookings Pastor Convicted Of Child Sex Crime

A jury has convicted a former Brookings pastor of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 16.

37-year-old Timothy Bariteau was indicted last November and arrested in California, where he had been living. He was convicted Thursday after a Brookings County jury deliberated for about five hours.

Authorities say the crime occurred in April or May of 2014 when Bariteau was one of the pastors at Morningside Community Church in Brookings.

Bariteau faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 11.

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