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Minister Pleads Guilty To Child Solicitation

Pastor Had Sex With Teen Church Member Multiple Times

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- A former central Indiana minister pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges stemming from a sexual relationship he had with a 15-year-old church member.

Former New Whiteland Baptist Church pastor Daniel Moore, 50, pleaded guilty to felony child solicitation and sexual misconduct charges.

Court documents indicated that police began investigating Moore after the girl's parents suspected a sexual relationship.

The teen told investigators that between January and March 2009, she and Moore kissed or engaged in sex acts at least seven times.

"I believe a lot of it was uncovered by finding notes and text messages in the young girl's bedroom," Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said last year. "I think there was some resistance by the victim to start with to report this, but I believe the persistence of parents had the young girl making this report to the police."

Johnson County deputy prosecutor Doug Cummins said Moore will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if a judge accepts the plea agreement.

Under the agreement, Moore must register as a sex offender and seek treatment in prison. Sentencing is set for April 8.