Former Canton youth pastor sentenced to 4 years in sex assault…

June 24, 2011 – LEWISTOWN – On Friday 24 June 20011, Jason Phillips, the former youth pastor of Covenant Community Fellowship Church in Canton was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old parishioner, and was sentenced to four years in prison.   Jason Phillips, will serve about three years and three months behind bars with credit for time served and so-called good time.

The Judge also ordered Phillips to pay $2,633 in restitution to the victim, for costs she incurred as the result of the case, and serve three years of probation.  Jason Phillips must register as a convicted child sex offender.  Kevin Sullivan the Defense Attorney said the case would be turned over to a public defender for appeal.