Former KS pastor sentenced for child sex crimes

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. Update May 21, 2018

A former Phillipsburg pastor was sentenced Thursday (May 17) after pleading guilty to one count of indecent liberties with a child older than 14 and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The Phillips County Sheriff's Office says David Pugh was sentenced to 32 months in prison. The sheriff's office says Pugh must also register as a sex offender for 25 years and have lifetime post-release supervision.

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Aug. 23, 2017

A former Phillipsburg pastor is charged with child sex crimes.

Pastor David Pugh resigned from Phillipsburg's First Assembly of God Church in May.

Prosecutors say the crimes for which he's accused happened between November 2016 and March 2017. These charges range from indecent liberties with a child to sexual exploitation of a child.

We do not know if Pugh's position as pastor had anything to do with what prosecutors say happened. Police arrested Pugh earlier this month. He has since bonded out of jail.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News did get a hold of Pugh briefly over the phone. Pugh said he did not want to comment at this time.

Eyewitness News looked into Pugh's background and found he had also served as a pastor in Iowa before moving to Kansas.