Klamath Falls, Ore. – A former pastor of a Klamath Falls church pleads ‘guilty’ to sex charges involving a member of his congregation.
Larry Murrell entered a change of plea Monday morning to two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says Murrell was arrested in October of 2015 after a woman told police she had been molested at Murrell’s home.
“There was some kind of massage technique that the pastor was using,” said Patridge. “But it was very sexual, and got way out of hand.”
Prior to his arrest, Murrell served as a minster at the House Of Prayer For All Nations.
Patridge points out the state dropped felony charges of second-degree sex abuse as part of a negotiated plea. He said, “The issues related to this case were some specific facts to prove measure 11 cases related to resistance and forcibility.”
Murrell was sentenced to 60 days in jail, and placed on 3 years probation.
“He’s got credit for the time served, and now he’s a registered sex offender,” added D.A. Patridge.
At Monday’s court hearing, Murrell admitted to touching the adult female victim without her consent.
The woman was not in court for the change of plea.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.