Pastor sentenced to 2 years for online soliciting

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 5:04 AM

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — An East Texas pastor has been sentenced to two years in prison for an online chat from church with an alleged 14-year-old girl who turned out to be a Louisiana trooper.

Raymond Earl Cooper also received 10 years' probation during his sentencing Wednesday. He's the former minister for First Church of the Nazarene in Marshall. Cooper pleaded guilty Tuesday to online solicitation of a minor.

Prosecutors say Cooper used a church computer to solicit a person he thought was a girl from Lafayette, La.

The Marshall News Messenger (http://bit.ly/14SjIim) reports the indictment says Cooper in April 2012 sexted a person believed to be a minor and sexually exposed himself via webcam.

The married father of four portrayed himself as a 42-year-old man from Shreveport, La., and asked about the girl's sexual history.

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Information from: Marshall News Messenger, http://www.coxnews.com/marshall.htm

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