A Pro-Life Church leader has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for abusing his son over a decade.
In the US District Court in Oklahoma City, Mark Bresnahan pleaded guilty in April to multiple counts of second-degree child abuse and is awaiting sentencing.
He is also on probation for 30 years and will be eligible for parole in 2019.
He was first elected to the Pro Life Oklahoma Board of Directors in 2014 and served as a vice-chairperson.
Judge Mark Bensnahan said Bresnoan abused his son from the age of six until he was 16.
He had multiple instances of sexual abuse and abuse by others, including a married man, who took his son to his parents house in the 1970s, Bresnaan said in his sentencing memorandum.
He said he did not want to go to prison but that he did wish to see Bresnean be released.
Bresnahn said he had no regrets and that he had never harmed any child.
“I am sorry I ever touched my son,” Bresnan said.
“You are my only son and I never intended to hurt him.”
Bresnan pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse by a family member, two counts of attempted second-offense child abuse, one count of second degree child abuse against a child under 13 and one count each of second and third degree child sex offences against a minor.
Bensnahn was also convicted of a second-class offense of unlawful restraint of a child, a felony.
Balsnahan is also charged with violating the terms of his probation in the same case and is due to be sentenced in August.
His wife, who pleaded guilty last month, has agreed to pay $1.2 million in restitution.
The US Department of Justice said it had filed a civil rights complaint against Bresnahans wife, accusing her of using her influence to prevent her husband from serving his sentence.
A spokesman for Bresnians lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.