Former pastor accepts deal in sex-abuse case
REDDING -- A former pastor of a Happy Valley church pleaded no contest Friday in Shasta Superior Court to 14 sexual abuse charges involving five children who had belonged to his congregation.
David L. Shelton, 62, of Redding agreed to a stipulated term of 26 years and four months as part of the plea agreement, the Shasta County District Attorney's Office said.
Three other boys and one girl came forward with allegations, resulting in other charges stemming from abuse that occurred between 1996 and March of this year, Dervin said. Most of the incidents took place at the church office or in Shelton's residence, she said.