Former pastor sentenced 22 years for sexually assaulting girl

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 1:02pm
Staff reports

Former pastor John T. Vine was sentenced to 22 years in prison today after being convicted in May of sexually assaulting a young girl in his church.

A jury found Vine guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor.

The assault of the female victim began when she was 12 and continued until she was 13, according to a press release from the Office of the Davidson County District Attorney.

During testimony, a staffer at another church where Vine had been working reported there were additional allegations of sexual abuse.

Vine, the former pastor at Faith United Church, was sentenced to 11 years for each count of sexual battery, which he will serve at 100 percent. Another five-year sentence for solicitation of a minor will run concurrent to the 22-year sentence.

7 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 12:27

22 years is a short sentence for such a crime committed on a [not yet] teen aged girl by an adult male... who called himself a man and claimed to be a pastor.

He should be kept off the street with a life without parole sentence.

By: cjbwhite1 on 8/8/12 at 2:55

Well, I guess he'll get religious in jail like all other inmates seem to.

By: Jughead on 8/9/12 at 12:01

This is o.k. in Muslim society and Hollywood.

By: Kosh III on 8/9/12 at 12:05


He's 68 years old and must serve all 22 years. That is a life sentence.

Do you have citations of specific and widespread convictions in "Hollywood" or just your usual un-supported assertions aka lies?

By: yogiman on 8/9/12 at 1:48

That's my personal thoughts, Kosh III. I don't care if he's 68, 38 or 18. Hell, maybe even 88.

What if he's released at the age of 90? Hell, he might try that stunt again.

By: therapacize47 on 8/10/12 at 6:57

He'll love the food. It's worth the tax dollars it costs to keep him locked up. Interesting things happen to a pedophile in prison.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/10/12 at 12:50

22 years just for sex. He must have been bad in bed.