Robert Duane Wyatt, 51, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child
A Colorado preacher has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an underage congregant multiple times.
A judge in Adams County announced Tuesday that Robert Duane Wyatt, 51, formerly from the Agape Bible Church in Thornton, would serve 13 years behind bars for the crimes that occurred over the course of the past two years.
The child, who was 12 and 13 at the time of the sexual assault, told police Wyatt first began inappropriately touching her when she was 12, and just last year, invited her on 'a field trip' which led to a hotel destination, according to The Denver Post.
'This wasn't a mistake,' said senior deputy district attorney, Patrick Freeman during court hearing. 'He saw he could manipulate the victim and her family.'
The young girl attended church services at the parish located at 8761 Huron St. alongside members of her family at the time.
Wyatt was a pastor at the Agape Bible Church in Thornton, Colorado (shown) when he committed the crimes against the child congregant
District Judge Don Quick (pictured) condemned Wyatt's behavior during Thursday's sentencing, and said: 'You preyed on her emotional and physical vulnerabilities'
The child was also said to be enrolled in a home school program under the supervision of Wyatt - who also worked as an education teacher at his residence.
District Judge Don