Church Volunteer Sentenced For Bribing Teen Parishioner For Sex

A 71-year-old volunteer church greeter from Fort Lauderdale will spend the next decade in federal prison after admitting trying to bribe a 14-year-old girl with a BMW in exchange for sex. 

Timothy Taffe, an insurance broker, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Taffe, who also volunteered in the state and county courts system in Broward County, admitted he targeted a 14-year-old girl he met while volunteering as a greeter at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Plantation.

He was originally arrested at the Westfield Broward mall in October  when he showed up for what he thought would be a sex date with a young, female parishioner. He had promised he would give her his BMW and "inheritance" if she had sex with him. He also secretly took photos of her at church events, offered her alcohol and asked her to be his "secret friend."

On Monday, Taffe was sentenced to a decade in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release. He also ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment. 

The judge banned Taffe from having contact with minors, possessing pornographic material or having unfettered access to computers and the internet.

In pleading guilty, Timothy Taffe claimed the devil forced him to do it.

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