Pastor sentenced to 10 years on child porn charge

By Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – A former Pontotoc County minister was sentenced to a 10-year federal prison sentence last week for having sexually explicit images of a child on his computer.
William Gerald Sanford, 54, of 1716 Cairo Loop, Ecru, was charged July 28, 2009, with molestation and sexual battery after a 13-year-old girl came forward with accusations.
A federal grand jury indicted him in November 2009 on the child pornography charge. He pleaded guilty March 8.
Sanford was pastor of Cairo Baptist Church for one year and resigned his pastorate after the charges were filed. His sentence will be served day-for-day because the federal system does not allow parole.