Molesting conviction gets former pastor 40 years

James J. Burton
Mug shot of James J. Burton provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)   An Allen County judge sentenced James J. Burton to 40 years in prison for molesting a young girl who was a foster child in his care from 2009 to early 2012.  A jury convicted Burton on two counts of child molesting in February.

Burton was a pastor at the Greater Faith Baptist Church in Fort Wayne at the time of his arrest in 2013.

The girl is now 10-years-old. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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