A former McLean County minister was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to a predatory criminal sexual assault charge. Rodney Applington was an associate pastor at East White Oak Bible Church in rural Carlock. The 42-year-old was charged in January with having illegal physical contact with a minor girl. A second charge of predatory criminal sexual assault was dismissed in a plea agreement. Applington's employment with the church in Carlock ended when the accusations surfaced. Church officials cooperated with police during the investigation.
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