Hanover pastor stole from church, paid woman to keep sexual transgressions quiet
HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A Mechanicsville pastor involved in a sex-for-money scheme pleaded guilty to stealing from his church. Chris Allen Phillips was convicted on a felony embezzlement charge.
Phillips took $80,000 from Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church when a woman he met online and paid for sex threatened she’d come forward and expose his actions.
Last month Tonya Farnsworth, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion.
Detectives said when Farnsworth met Phillips, 50, online he agreed to pay her $200 for oral sex.
In the end detectives said Phillips paid Farnsworth $100,000 to keep quiet.
Farnsworth faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in January. Phillips will be sentenced in February.