TROY, Ohio (WDTN) - A former youth pastor will spend the next 60 days behind bars following his arrest earlier this year in Troy.
"From the bottom of my heart, I truly know that this was a mistake. that I made and I can't take it back. But, I know, without a doubt, that I will do everything I can, and I will never do anything like this again," says Michael Mohler.
Mohler apologizes to his victim in a Miami County Courtroom Monday.
The 26-year-old was sentenced to 60 days in jail for aggravated assault involving a 15-year-old girl.
Mohler was also placed on 5 years community control, must participate in any sex offender program that his probation officer sees fit, and he was ordered not have any unsupervised contact with minors on social media or text messaging.
The judge says this inappropriate relationship happened over a 6-month period when Mohler was working at Troy's First United Methodist Church.
He says Mohler was in a position of trust and violated that.
"To those I have hurt, it was never my intention to cause harm to her or her family," says Mohler.
Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendall says the victim "backed up" her story at that's the reason Mohler isn't charged with a sex crime.
"Each time I talked to her, she became more and more inconsistent. And I don't want to lay all of the blame on her. In talking with her from time to time, it was my impression that she was getting a lot of pressure from church members and other people related to the church," explains Kendall.
According to the plea deal, Mohler also agreed to give up any ministerial licenses.
He was fired from the church in February when the allegations surfaced.
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