A youth pastor admitted Thursday to sexually abusing two boys
in the Hillsboro congregation of the Bethel United Pentecostal Church.
Dylan Ritterman, 28, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to two counts each of attempted first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual abuse.
Circuit Judge Kirsten Thompson imposed the sentence outlined in his plea agreement, which sends him to prison for six years and eight months.
Before the hearing began, Ritterman, who was out of custody, sat in the back of the courtroom with his wife. Later, he joined his attorney, Anne Tracey, at the defense table.
Prosecutor Kevin Barton told the court that the abuse began several years ago, when the boys were in their early teens.
Authorities learned about it last fall when one of the victims disclosed the abuse to his mother, who contacted the state Department of Human Services.