Former youth minister gets max sentence for child sex abuse

John A. Astorga
John A. Astorga

A former youth minister was sentenced to the maximum amount of years possible Tuesday in Cullman County for first-degree sexual abuse of a child less than 12.

Officials said John A. Astorga, previously a youth minister for the Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of a child who was less than 12 years old in December 2012 in Cullman County.

Astorga was also convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in Elmore County in April 2012.

Astorga had been free on bond since his April 2012 conviction until he was convicted in Cullman County in December.

Tuesday he was given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a child charge. That sentence will run consecutively with his 36 month prison sentence from his Elmore County conviction. In addition, Astorga will be required to register as a sex offender.

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