BURLINGTON - Pastor Richard Hogg, former spiritual life coordinator for the Burlington United Methodist Family Services, has pled guilty in Mineral County Circuit Court to one felony count of sexual abuse of a minor by a parent, guardian, or custodian.

By Barbara High
bhigh@newstribune.info
Tribune Staff Writer
BURLINGTON - Pastor Richard Hogg, former spiritual life coordinator for the Burlington United Methodist Family Services,  has pled guilty in Mineral County Circuit Court to one felony count of sexual abuse of a minor by a parent, guardian, or custodian.
The incident occurred when Hogg was employed by Burlington United Methodist Family Services.
According to Mineral County prosecuting attorney Cody Pancake, Hogg was originally charged with two similar counts involving a minor following an investigation led by the West Virginia State Police.
Pancake said Hogg was not indicted by the Mineral County Grand Jury, but instead chose to plead to the information in front of a judge.
He was sentenced to ten years, which was suspended for 90 days of house arrest . He was also given ten years post supervision and is being required to register as a lifetime sex offender.
According to Pancake, Hogg has already attended a sex offender program in Arizona.
Mike Price, president/CEO of Burlington United Methodist Family Services, said that when the incident was brought to his staff’s attention, Hogg was immediately placed on administrative leave.
“A state investigation unit (IAU) was contacted and the State Police were notified,” he said.
Price also stated that interviews were conducted and “the outcome is what you see today.”
Price said he really wanted to commend his staff for handling the situation in such a proficient manner and making the safety of the kids their priority.
“We take all accusations seriously, that’s why we have written policies and proceedings for circumstances such as these,” he said.