A former Calloway County pastor, already convicted and sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor under 12 years of age, was sentenced to an additional four years in prison Friday morning stemming from three additional charges of first-degree sexual abuse brought against him Wednesday.
Robert Meredith, 50, pleaded guilty to one-count of first-degree sexual abuse during arraignment on new charges in Calloway Circuit Court. Accepting a plea offer from Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship, sexual abuse charges two and three were combined with the first and Meredith pleaded guilty to one-count, first-degree sexual abuse; a Class D felony.
Under terms of the agreement, Meredith was sentenced to another four years in prison; bringing the total to 12 years. He was previously sentenced to eight years. However he will serve the terms consecutively; meaning he will serve his eight year sentence before he begins the additional four years.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Dean Patterson, a spokesman for KSP Post 1 in Mayfield, announced Thursday that Meredith was facing three additional counts of first-degree sexual abuse stemming from information obtained by KSP regarding an alleged “additional victim.”
Meredith was initially charged Aug. 9 following allegations he abused a child during a sleep-over where other adults and children were present. He pleaded guilty to that charge in November in exchange for an eight-year prison sentence. KSP provided no detail concerning the lastest charges and the unidentified additional victim.
Circuit Judge Dennis Foust has also sentenced Meredith to five-years conditional discharge after his release from prison. As part of his sentence, Meredith must also register as a sex offender for 20 years after his release, participate in a sex offender treatment program and have no contact with the victims or the victims’ families. He must also make restitution, if any, and must provide the state a DNA sample to be placed in permanent record.
Standing with his attorney, Casey J. Naber of Murray, Meredith called his actions inexcusable and apologized requesting to be transported immediately to prison so he could begin sex offender treatment.
He was lodged in Calloway County Jail as of Friday.