Former Wichita youth pastor sentenced to prison for child sex crimes

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A former Wichita youth pastor who pleaded guilty to child sex crimes was sentenced Wednesday.

The judge could have given 48-year-old Chauncey M. Walker nearly 20 years behind bars, but the sentence Wednesday was nearly eight years in prison.

Some who attended and even worked at the church where Walker was a youth pastor were in the courtroom.

Walker had pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent liberties with a 15-year-old child.

He was arrested and booked for raping the girl between 2012 and 2015. The charges included aggravated indecent liberties and criminal sodomy while he was still a youth pastor.

One woman who says she was actually helped by Walker when he was a youth pastor has mixed emotions today at the sentencing.

“That’s a hard one. Now, I know two sides of him,” said Jessica Henry. “Obviously, there was a good side and a side I never knew. So it’s kind of a difficult, I think it could have been a lot worse.”

Henry said the sentence could have been more, but she feels like the sentence is appropriate. 

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