Longmont church elders failed to report abuse

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Four leaders of a Longmont church have been sentenced for failing to report sexual-assault allegations against the church's youth pastor in 2013.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that VineLife Church pastors Walter Roberson and Robert Young will serve 10 days in jail or on work crew, elder Edward Bennell will serve two days in jail or on work crew, and elder Warren Williams will perform 40 hours of community service.

All four men pleaded no contest to failure to report child abuse.

Prosecutors say the men failed to report allegations that then-VineLife youth pastor Jason Roberson had an inappropriate relationship with a church member starting when she was 15 and continuing for seven years. Roberson pleaded guilty and was sentenced last year to two years in prison for sexual exploitation and stalking.

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