LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local 28-year-old who used his connection with a church to develop a relationship with a 13-year-old has pleaded guilty to committing a sexual act with her.
Police in Cheektowaga arrested Caleb Sexton on Sept. 26, 2014, and charged him with molesting the teen. Nearly a year later, he pleaded guilty to a charge of third degree criminal sexual act in Erie County Court.
The guilty plea convicts Sexton, the son of Hedstrom Baptist Church pastor Douglas Sexton, of meeting the 13-year-old through the church and developing a sexual relationship with her. He also convinced the child to send nude pictures to him.
Sexton, who also had connections with the West Seneca Christian School as a coach, will be forced to register as a sex offender. He won’t be allowed near the church or school, in part also due to an order of protection issued against him coming into contact with each.
The crimes took place over the course of a period of time, lasting from January in 2012 when he met the girl through September in 2013.
“They gravitate towards these positions of trust and, unfortunately, they betray their trust,” Cheektowaga Police Asst. Chief James Speyer said. “They’re preying on the weakest members of our society: our children.”
He’ll face up to four years behind bars when he’s sentenced on Nov. 24 in front of Judge Kenneth Case.