Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 56° Cloudy
News >  Washington

Former Pasco pastor sentenced for attempted rape of a child

Associated Press

KENNEWICK – A Washington father and former pastor entangled in a child sex sting has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

The Tri-City Herald reported 41-year-old John M. Scheline was ordered Wednesday to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 58 months after pleading guilty this summer to attempted second-degree rape of a child.

The sex crime carries a mandatory maximum life term, meaning it will be up to a state review to decide how long Scheline will stay behind bars.

Scheline was one of the 26 men arrested in a 2017 online child sex sting in the Tri-Cities area that used ads on sites such as Craigslist and Backpage.com to identify would-be predators.

He previously worked at a Pasco church and a Montana Christian center.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com