Youthpastor sentenced

Published on Thu, Nov 25, 2004
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Youth pastor sentenced

The youth pastor who was caught last year trying to smuggle a 16-year-old girl into Canada by hiding her in the trunk of his car has been sentenced to seven years in jail, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Michael Quillman, 31, pled guilty in June to federal charges of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of child pornography.

Quillman of McLeansboro, Illinois, was initially charged with first degree sexual misconduct with a minor and possessing child pornography after he was caught last September. The two were apparently a couple, and heading to Alaska. Evidence in the vehicle indicated they had a sexual relationship, which included videos showing them engaging in sexual acts, pictures, pregnancy tests, and a storage chest containing wedding items. Other items included alcohol, a student planner, and a real estate guide.

Quillman had told authorities he was the girl’s legal guardian and had a mutual consent placement form in the vehicle, which he said was signed by the girl’s mother.

According to authorities, the girl’s mental state was similar to that of a nine-year-old and she had been excited to get married. She had been having sex with Quillman since she was 15.

During interviews with authorities, the girl stated she first met Quillman at a church where he – and his fiance – were youth pastors.