Mercer Co. pastor sentenced in church theft

March 25, 2008 1:16:50 PM PDT
The former pastor of a Mercer County church has been placed on probation and must repay $18,000 he stole from the church. Fifty-year-old Sidney Walker, of White Oak, took the money in March 2006 from a bank account belonging to First Baptist Church of Farrell. He pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced Tuesday.

Walker will be on probation for five years. Some congregants and prosecutors had asked that he be sent to jail.

Walker has said he took the money because of personal financial problems.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,