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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former Lutheran minister from North Carolina says he suffered from sex addiction when he molested young girls during a 2009 mission trip to Haiti.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1auzFN6) that Larry Michael Bollinger recounted in U.S. District Court his years of frequenting adult book stores and prostitutes during his 33 years as a minister at various churches.

Federal prosecutors accused Bollinger of traveling to Haiti for illicit sexual conduct with two minor girls, one 11 and the other 12. He pleaded guilty last year.

A spokesman for the Lazarus Project said Bollinger had worked as a mission coordinator at the Christian charity for a several years before his dismissal amid accusations of abuse.

U.S. District Court Judge Bob Conrad is weighing the former preacher’s sentence.

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