A former Brooks youth pastor, Peter James Bass, 36, was sentenced Monday to 33 years and four months in prison after he repeatedly raped a girl under the age of 16.
Bass appeared before Marion County Circuit Judge Tracy Prall, where he pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree rape and waived his right to a jury trial. Following the plea, Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Underwood asked that Prall sentence Bass to a total of 35 years and 10 months in prison.
Bass’s attorney, Robert Botta argued that Bass receive less time in prison, 16 years and 8 months, because he opted not to have a trial, saving the victim from additional pain.
“He didn’t want to put (the victim) through any additional emotional, physical or mental trauma,” Botta said. “He’s hoping to re-establish a relationship with his family at some point down the road. He’s hoping that time will heal some of the wounds.”