Fox 16 reports that David Pierce, the former Baptist music minister in Benton who pleaded guilty to sexual indecency with a child in 2009, will be released on parole.
David Koon wrote a cover story for us about this case. He victimized scores of boys over a couple of decades at the First Baptist Church of Benton. There was an outpouring of support for him when he was arrested and many asked for leniency on account of his age, health, dangers to child molesters in prison and his good works.
He received a 10-year sentence in August 2009. He won’t be released until arrangements are made for him to be accepted as a parolee in another state. Another stipulation today by the parole board was that, should he ever return to Arkansas, he cannot live within 50 miles of Saline County.