Youth minister sentencing date set

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Church leader changes plea to 14 sex-related charges against two underage girls

By Becky Barnes, Editor

The former Cynthiana youth minister who was indicted on multiple sex-related charges in December 2013 will be sentenced April 15.

Brent Myers Smith, 26, initially entered not guilty pleas to 14 counts of charges including rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

He changed his pleas to guilty on some charges that remained the same and others that were amended.

According to the court’s judgment on a plea of guilty, three counts of use of minor less than 16 years old in a sexual performance was amended to three counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Two counts of use of a minor less than 18 years old in a sexual performance was also reduced to possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Charges that stand as they were made include third degree rape, third degree sodomy and seven counts  of first degree sexual abuse.

The Commonwealth recommended two years in prison on each of the 14 counts to be served concurrently for a total of two years.

The final sentence will not be imposed until a pre-sentence investigation can be completed, according to court records.

A hearing has been set for April 15 to determine if Smith should receive probation, imprisonment, conditional discharge or probation with an alternative sentencing plan.

The Division of Probation and Parole will be preparing a report of its pre-sentence findings. 

The Kentucky State Police made Smith’s arrest after the investigation revealed that the Christian Faith Center Pentecostal Church youth minister allegedly abused  his position of authority to gain sexual favors, according to the December indictment.

He was accused of having sex inside the church as well as inside his grandparents’ residence and inside his vehicle while it was parked at Eastside Pharmacy.