Ex-West Virginia church youth volunteer pleads in sex case

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PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – A former youth volunteer at a southern West Virginia church has pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges.

Media outlets report Timothy Probert, 57, of Princeton entered the plea Monday to 37 counts involving boys when he was a volunteer at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield. He had been scheduled for trial Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court.

State Police Sgt. M.D. Clemons said the abuse occurred between 1986 and 2010. Probert was arrested in December 2013.

During a preliminary hearing in February 2014 on the charges, Clemons said the youths would go to Probert’s home, where he would give them alcohol and they would watch adult movies and perform sex acts.

A special judge was named in Probert’s case after all three Mercer County circuit court judges recused themselves.

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