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Update: Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Chad Pindell Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Seducing Teen Girl

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In 2018, Chad Pindell, minister of discipleship at Batesville Christian Church in Batesville, Indiana, was accused of sexually seducing a girl while working as an assistant coach with the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls basketball team.

The Herald Tribune reported:

Indiana State Police detectives arrested a Ripley County man March 25 at about 12:30 p.m. on charges stemming from a two-month investigation into allegations of child seduction that occurred while he was an assistant coach with the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls basketball program in Osgood, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.

Detectives were contacted after Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corp. officials became aware of allegations of improper behavior between Chad Pindell, 36, Napoleon, and a 17-year-old JCDHS female student. According to Wheeles, “At the time the incident occurred, Pindell was a volunteer assistant coach” for the girls basketball team. When the report was made, Pindell was removed from his position with the school district.

Pindell was an assistant coach “for the past 10 years or so” and was a teacher for JCDCSC during that period, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Ripley Superior Court March 26. ISP Detective Peter Tressler “learned that Pindell had left (the) teaching position this last August 2017 to become the pastor of discipleship at the Batesville Christian Church” while he continued to be involved as an assistant coach with the girls basketball program.

“Chad Pindell resigned his position of minister of discipleship effective Feb. 15, 2018,” the Rev. Mark Bond, Batesville Christian Church lead minister, reported March 26 when contacted by The Herald-Tribune.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Pindell contacted a female student through social media in early 2018. His communication with the student included sending nude photos of himself to the juvenile, the officer reported.

The teen also sent a couple of inappropriate photographs of herself using her phone to the coach, the affidavit stated.

At some point during their relationship, Pindell and the student allegedly engaged in sexual activity while at Jac-Cen-Del High School.

As a result of the investigation, Pindell was arrested without incident on one count of child seduction, a Level 5 felony; and one count of dissemination of harmful material to a minor, a Level 6 felony.

Pindell later pleaded guilty to child seduction and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Eagle Country reported:

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence of a former Ripley County Councilman and Jac-Cen-Del High School assistant girl’s basketball coach.

Chad Pindell, 36, of Napoleon, pleaded guilty to Child Seduction (level 5 felony) last January after he committed sex acts at the school with a 17-year-old player he coached in 2018. He had also sent sexual images to the teen.

“The testimony further revealed that (the victim) had been a good student and athlete in high school. After Pindell was charged with the two offenses, the small community had ostracized (the victim) and blamed her for Pindell’s plight,” the appellate court’s decision stated.

Following the plea agreement, a special judge assigned to the case, Dearborn County’s Judge Jonathan Cleary, initially rejected a plea agreement that did not include jail time.

Under a new agreement reached between Pindell and prosecutors which left the sentence up to the judge’s discretion, Pindell was sentenced in February to three years in prison – that being the advisory sentence for a level 5 felony crime. Cleary declared that Pindell must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Pindell appealed his sentence, arguing that the sentence was inappropriate given his character.

The court of appeals ruled Friday, August 23 to uphold Pindell’s sentence, stating that he failed to meet to burden to persuade the court.

“Turning to Pindell’s character, we note that Pindell, a former teacher, and a coach, pastor, and county councilman, violated his position of trust by engaging in oral sex in, as the trial court pointed out, ‘the home of that trust,’ his office in the high school locker room,” the judges wrote in the six-page decision.

Not only that, but the panel stated that the evidence would have supported an even longer prison sentence for Pindell.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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