A former central Indiana church pastor, who also worked as a school nurse, has been sentenced to 105 years in prison on child molestation charges.
A Delaware County judge ordered the prison term on Wednesday for 57-year-old Brian Couch of Yorktown, Indiana who pleaded guilty in July to three felony counts of child molesting.
When Couch was arrested in August 2019, he was a nurse assigned to Yorktown elementary and middle schools. He had also been a pastor for several years at Yorktown Church of the Nazarene in central Indiana, The (Muncie) Star Press reported.
Crouch was charged with sexually abusing a girl “almost daily” over a period of several years beginning when she was six years old. Other charges against him included allegations that he fondled three girls when they visited his home between 2012 and 2016.
“I take tremendous comfort in the fact that Brian Couch will spend the rest of his life in prison and that the only way he will leave prison will be in a pine box,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman. “He will no longer have the ability to hurt another child.”
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Prosecutors in Delaware County, Indiana sought a maximum 150-year sentence for Couch. The judge ordered 35-year prison terms for each of his three convictions, with the sentences to be served one after another.