Pastor Sentenced To 20 Years For Child Sexual Assault

(Hill County Sherrif's Office)

Rev. Benjamin William Nelson met the 13-year-old victim on Snapchat, then in person.

A 28-year-old pastor and seminary student in Texas was arrested last year on child sexual abuse related charges and after pleading guilty has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Benjamin William Nelson, who chatted with a 13-year-old girl via Snapchat for two weeks before meeting with her in person, will also have to register as a sex offender.

Affidavits issued in the case say a woman noticed her 13-year-old daughter was not in her room and she went outside to look for the girl.

Once outside she noticed a blue car in the parking lot next to her home and she walked up to investigate.

She saw her daughter “on top” of a man inside the car and they were having sex, the affidavit said.

The mother said when the man saw her, he locked the car doors so she could not open them.

Once the girl exited the vehicle, Nelson put the car in reverse and attempted to run over both the girl and her mother.