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Court Report: Youth pastor pleads guilty to criminal sexu al conduct

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
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PRESTON - Derrick Reagan DeBoef, 27 of Sherrard, IL, pled guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, February 25, 2008, to two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct related to an incident in July 2006. All other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The case was scheduled to go to trial beginning on March 3.

DeBoef admitted to having sexual relations with a 17 year old female minor when he was Youth Pastor at Valley Christian Center in Spring Valley. DeBoef, who is not an ordained minister, came in contact with the minor when she was a youth leader in his program.

Judge Robert Benson accepted the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation, including a psycho-sexual evaluation. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2008.

DeBoef was represented in court by public defender Fred Suhler, Jr. The state was represented by Fillmore County Attorney Kelly Wagner.

Felony Dispositions

• A jury found David Lester McHan of Spring Valley not guilty of making terroristic threats and domestic assault of a woman in an incident in Spring Valley on January 16, 2007.

In another matter regarding McHan, Kelly Wagner, acting Fillmore County Attorney, has issued a continuance for dismissal of charges related to an incident on September 30, 2007 in Spring Valley involving the same woman. The charges of domestic assault will be dismissed if McHan remains law abiding, be of good behavior and have no similar offenses.

McHan was represented in court by Tom Manion.

• Troy Alan Bothun, 22, of Chatfield, was sentenced by Judge Robert Benson in District Court to five years probation, ordered to serve 15 days in jail, fined $1000 and must serve 40 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property.

Bothun admitted to assisting in the robbery of tools from a machine shed in rural Fountain on May 2, 2006. The tools were valued at more than $2,500. Bothun later admitted to pawning some of the stolen tools in Rochester.

Judge Benson sentenced Bothun to 366 days in jail, but stayed execution of sentencing for five years on the condition that Bothun be law abiding and comply with the terms of his probation. In addition to jail time and fines, Bothun must also pay restitution in the amount of $3,233.50.

Bothun was represented in court by Attorney James McGeeney of Rochester. Acting Fillmore County Attorney Kelly Wagner represented the state.

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