Youth Pastor Gets 15 Years in Prison for Abusing Girls

A former police officer and juvenile court counselor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he admitted sexually abusing two 16-year-old girls in a church group he led as a youth pastor.

Dean Barnes also was convicted of supplying contraband in jail. In December, officers discovered the 34-year-old Barnes had carved a sharp point on the end of his toothbrush.

His attorney says Barnes wanted to end his own life with the weapon.

His sentencing Wednesday in Baker County Circuit Court was attended by about 50 people, including members of Baker City Church of the Nazarene, where Barnes was a youth pastor, and law enforcement officers.

Barnes was arrested on Oct. 20. The abuse occurred last year.