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Friday, June 23, 2023

Thompson United Methodist Church pastor, Dennis Laferty, has pleaded guilty to raping multiple children in his church

Ohio pastor, Dennis Laferty, has pleaded guilty to raping multiple children in his church.

A Thompson Township pastor pleaded guilty Wednesday in Geauga County Court of Common Pleas to several sexual crimes against juveniles.

According to court documents, Dennis Laferty pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition.

Laferty, 37, was indicted following an investigation by detectives into allegations of sexual abuse involving minors between Nov. 30 2019 and Jan. 30.

Laferty was the pastor at the Thompson United Methodist Church. Dennis Laferty, 37, former pastor of Thompson United Methodist Church, pled guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.


Laferty was arrested Friday in Crawford County, the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office says. If Laferty is convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of five years on each felony count.

A news release from the sheriff’s office says Laferty is accused of sexually abusing minors beginning in 2019 and continuing until January of this year. Investigators believe there might be more victims.

“We have recently been made aware of very concerning allegations regarding Pastor Dennis Laferty,” the church said in a statement on Facebook. “Please be aware that we are taking matters very seriously and allowing the appropriate authorities to take action.

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