FORMER ALABAMA PREACHER SENTENCED AFTER CHILD ABUSE PLEA

RUSSELVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Officials say a former preacher who pleaded guilty to child abuse and third-degree assault with sexual motivations has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Freddy Hovater, 74, pleaded guilty to the charges in March. He also must register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors have said the former preacher in Franklin County used items to abuse a girl who was 8 years at the time. Officials said he also would watch the child bathe during visits to his home.

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