Former Georgia Pastor Sentenced to 10 Years Prison and Lifetime of Supervised Release for Sexually Assaulting Ugandan Teen

A former pastor from Georgia was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for sexually assaulting a female teenager.

Eric Tuininga, 45, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release, and $20,000 in restitution to the victim.

Tuininga pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign areas and will be required to register as a sex offender for life upon being released from federal prison.

A US citizen affiliated with Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) reported to the US Embassy Kampala American Citizen Services (ACS) in June 2019 that Tuininga “had sex with a Ugandan female minor who was approximately 14 years old”.

US Attorney Peter D. Leary expressed his recognition of the Ugandan girl’s bravery.

“I want to recognize the true bravery displayed by the Ugandan girl for speaking out when she was assaulted by a trusted person of power from another country, courageously seeking justice across continents. Law enforcement, both abroad and here at home, took on a challenging international case. Homeland Security Investigations’ Child Exploitation Unit worked tirelessly to ensure that the truth was uncovered and the defendant was held accountable for his crime,” Leary said. 

Tuininga was sentenced by Chief US District Judge Marc T. Treadwell.

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