Pastor sentenced to 4 years on sex charges is freed in 120 days

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A former leader of the village of Collins and church pastor who was sentenced to four years in prison for trying to solicit sex from a young girl has been released after only 120 days.

Newton County police nabbed Allen Kauffman in an Internet sting in January 2008  when he tried to arrange sex with a detective who was posing as the girl. He was charged four months later in a similar online sting that happened in March 2007 in Cole County.

The 63-year-old former Collins board of trustees chairman was sentenced in January to four years in prison for the Newton County offense and was given a suspended sentence of five years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service in Cole County.

Kauffman's release Tuesday came after he completed a four-month sex offender assessment program.



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