BRADENTON -- A minister was
sentenced to 10 years in prison for fondling a child, which he will
serve after finishing a seven-year sentence for a child pornography
Lawrence Kilbourn was sentenced in state court Thursday after
pleading no contest to a charge of attempted capital sexual battery.
He had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for sexual battery
on a child younger than 12, but he pleaded to a lesser charge and
avoided a jury trial.
A federal sentence was imposed two weeks ago after Kilbourn, 44,
was found guilty of possessing child pornography.
Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky said he agreed to the plea
bargain at the request of the child's family to protect their
"The victim was asleep during the act of sexual abuse, and to
this day does not know she was sexually abused," Brodsky said after
Kilbourn was the founding pastor of Faith United Methodist Church
in Bradenton and later became pastor at Forest Hills United
Methodist Church in Hillsborough County. He resigned last October,
shortly after his arrest.
The abuse came to light after Kilbourn's 17-year-old daughter
found a videotape at home showing a man fondling a girl. The
daughter recognized her father by a ring on his hand and furniture
in the house and turned over the videotape to authorities.
Brodsky said the videotape showed young girls at Kilbourn's home
for a sleep over and Kilbourn going from child to child.
Kilbourn pleaded guilty in February to a federal charge of
receiving child pornography by computer.