A former Tennessee youth pastor admitted to youngster exploitation Monday that included taking a minor throughout state strains to have intercourse along with her at a summer time bible camp, federal authorities mentioned.
Joshua Henley, 33, additionally a one-time ladies basketball coach, pleaded responsible to an eight-count indictment Monday and can face not less than 15 years behind bars, in response to the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Western District of Tennessee.
Henley was a pastor at Holladay Church of Christ and the women’ basketball coach at Holladay Elementary College earlier than he took a job at a church in Evansville, Indiana in April 2021.
In June 2021, he drove again to Tennessee to take a feminine minor to Indiana to assist at his Trip Bible College. In Indiana, Henley had intercourse with the teenager who had simply turned 15, in response to authorities.
The minor later disclosed Henley had been participating her in sexual exercise since she was 13 and had her take sexually express images and despatched them to him, the feds mentioned.
Whereas Henley and that minor have been in Indiana, one other minor, who was 15, advised an grownup that in 2020 Henley requested her to create and ship sexually express photos, too, the US Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned.
Henley was arrested June 18, 2021 as he was driving the minor with him in Indiana again to Tennessee.
Investigators searched his cellular phone and located sexually express photos of the 2 15-year-old ladies after which additionally found a video of Henley having intercourse with one other feminine teen only a few months after she turned 14 in 2020, in response to the US Lawyer’s Workplace.
Henley, who authorities mentioned labored with younger individuals in a number of different states, admitted that he produced youngster sexual abuse materials with three minors, crossed state strains with a minor with the intent to have intercourse with that minor, despatched obscene movies and pictures to a minor and possessed and transported sexual abuse materials, prosecutors mentioned.
He might be sentenced on Aug. 23 in federal courtroom and will face a most of life in jail.