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Kennesaw pastor sent to prison for child molestation

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A pastor was sentenced to prison Thursday when a jury determined he molested at least two young girls and took "no responsibility whatsoever" for his actions.

Jurors deliberated half an hour before convicting 78-year-old John Aubrey Pinkston of two counts of child molestation. Pinkston is the founder and former leader of Congregation of God Seventh Day in Kennesaw.

"Mr. Pinkston, you've been convicted of the unforgivable sin of molesting the most vulnerable members of your flock. You've taken no responsibility whatsoever," Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II said before sentencing Pinkston to 20 years with 10 to serve in prison.


During the trial, two girls testified that Pinkston inappropriately touched them. One of the victims was only 6 years old when she was molested, according to the investigation.

Pinkston admitted in a police interview to touching one of the girls, but said the encounter was a "stupid mistake" and lasted "only 15 seconds."

The case was prosecuted by Cobb County ADA Chuck Boring, who took issue with Pinkston's testimony.

"Not only did he not take responsibility, when he took the witness stand, he spit in everyone's face with the nonsense that he used to try to manipulate that jury," Boring said during sentencing.

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