A former Pennsylvania minister who was HIV positive while he sexually abused a boy for approximately a decade will serve up to 15 years in prison.
Norman (Ted) Faux started abusing the child at age 9 and continued the abuse for years, eventually plying the boy with drugs in exchange for sex,according to WNEP-TV.
For much of the time, he served as a United Methodist Pastor in Lake Ariel, a small village 20 miles outside Scranton, Pa.
“He perverted his role as a clergyman. He is a despicable fella and one of the most manipulative defendants I’ve ever dealt with,” First Assistant Wayne County District Attorney Pat Robinson told the TV station.
Faux had his credentials as a pastor suspended and he eventually relinquished the title after allegations led to a church trial in 2011. Church officials discovered he’d been sexually abusing a parishioner.
Faux was arrested in August 2014 and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated assault and indecent assault.
The deviant was found out when the victim’s girlfriend found a text message where Faux asked to perform oral sex on the victim, who was 19 in 2014, the Citizen’s Voice reported.