Former pastor assigned to Putnamville prison

A former clergyman has been assigned to Putnamville Correctional Facility to serve a three-year sentence for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Justin K. White, 38, former pastor of First Christian Church in Columbus, was assigned last week to the medium-security Indiana Department of Correction facility near Greencastle, after spending about three weeks at a state diagnostic center.

White was sentenced Oct. 20 in Bartholomew Circuit Court to three years in prison on one count of Class C felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a four-year suspended sentence on a second count, which was suspended and is to be served consecutively to his prison sentence, court records state.

The estimated 2,500 offenders at the Putnamville facility are housed in dormitories rather than in individual cells, said Ike Randolph, correction department spokesman. Inmates detained at medium-security centers typically have drug offenses or low-level felonies, he said.

White pleaded guilty to two charges of seeking to have a juvenile commit an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult — dealing in a narcotic drug, court records state.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.