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UPDATE: Former Wise County youth pastor pleads guilty to indecent liberties

(WCYB Archive)

A former Wise County, Virginia youth pastor and proprietor of a Christian summer camp pleaded guilty Friday in a sex crimes case that dates back three decades.

Jeffery David Rolen, 66, was facing a jury trial next month but entered the plea in Circuit Court in Wise to seven counts of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 18.

Court information obtained by WCYB said the charges occurred between January 1985 and December 1987.

Rolen had also been associated with the juvenile and teen summer Camp Bethel since 1976, according to prosecutors.

The judge will hear from witnesses and others during Rolen's sentencing hearing scheduled for March 11. Rolen faces up to 35 years in prison.

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