Pastor pleads guilty to buying sex toys for teen girl

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Pastor pleads guilty to buying sex toys for teen girl

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - A youth pastor has pleaded guilty to a sex offense in connection to buying sex toys for a teenage girl.

Robert Eric Warren, a former youth pastor, faces a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison plus three years probation.

Under Warren's plea agreement he is not to have contact with the victim or the victim's family and he's agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim and her family.

It all started in September 2012 when the youth pastor was accused of buying sex toys for a 14-year old girl and taking them to her house when her parents were not at home.

During his initial court appearance in November family members, friends and church goers sat tearfully in disbelief.

"The State of Arizona is charging your client with one count of furnishing harmful materials to a minor and a count of furnishing harmful materials to a minor," said Judge Jorge Lazano.   

At the time Warren plead not guilty. and the Valley Baptist Church where he served for 22 years stood behind him.

The church community issued a statement that read: 

"We have faith that god has established a system to properly handle the situation and we must allow the system to work.. Please join us in praying that the truth will be revealed and proper justice will be served."

Today, seven months later Warren pleaded guilty to one count criminal trespass with a sexual motivation.

It's a class six felony.

13 On Your Side returned to the church to get their reaction now that Warren admitted his guilt.

Pastor Glenn Connell did not want to talk to us on camera but did say "God can forgive but Warren will have to face the consequences for his actions which he already has and will continue to do."

Warren's crime carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison, three years probation, plus the judge ordered him to pay a $25-thousand fine for restitution.

As for Warren, he is no longer a pastor at the Valley Baptist Church and in his plea agreement he is not allowed to seek employment as a youth pastor nor is he allowed to chaperone any event that involves youth. 

Warren is due back in court next month for his sentencing hearing.

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