Eric Porter sentenced

Eric Porter was sentenced to 10 years with four probated.

Eric Porter will spend the next six years behind bars on five charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

The 30-year-old youth minister’s sentencing hearing was set Tuesday before special Judge John David Caudill (Prestonsburg) in Carter County Circuit Court where he was sentenced to 10 years with four years probated.

Commonwealth Attorney David Flatt said he would have preferred a more severe sentence, but is pleased that Porter’s victims were content with the sentencing. “I’m happy that the victims and their families are happy with it,” Flatt said Tuesday. “This will keep the juvenile victims from going to trial.”

Porter was arrested December 2005 by Kentucky State Police and charged with two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree burglary. Each charge held a 10 to 20 year sentence and a fine up to $10,000. However, the burglary charge was dropped in the plea agreement.

Porter has been in the Carter County Detention Center since December 2006. Flatt said the Kentucky Department of Corrections would make the decision as to where Porter will spend his six-year sentence and when he will be transported to that location.



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