An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to five years in prison on seven felony charges for having a sexual relationship with a minor who he met while he led a church youth group.

Timothy L. Waters, 40, began serving his sentence Tuesday afternoon when he was booked into the Hardin County Detention Center.

Waters was sentenced to five years in prison on all of the Class D felonies — the maximum sentence for a Class D felony. The counts will run concurrently for a five-year sentence.

He must serve at least 20% of his sentence and complete sex offender treatment before he can be considered for parole eligibility. He must register as a lifetime sex offender upon his release from prison and will have five years post-incarceration supervision.

Waters was arrested Nov. 23, 2020, by Vine Grove police, who had observed Waters and the then-16-year-old girl at a city park. The sexual encounters happened over a 13-month period from October 2019 through November 2020, according to the plea agreement.

He entered a guilty plea to three charges of first-degree sexual abuse and two charges each of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

Waters was a former volunteer at The Driven Church in Elizabethtown working in youth ministry. According to Waters’ arrest citation, he was “in a position of authority” when he had sexual contact with the girl.

Following his arrest, he was removed from his volunteer role at the church.

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