Former Missouri town official sentenced after sex sting

NEOSHO, Mo. | A former small-town official in southwest Missouri has been ordered to attend a sex offender assessment program.

Allen Kauffman was sentenced Friday in Newton County to four years in prison for making sexual advances to detectives posing on the Internet as underage girls.

But Judge Tim Perigo wants Kauffman to serve a 120-day sentence in the sex offender assessment program before deciding whether he will go to prison or be placed on probation.

The 63-year-old resident of the St. Clair County village of Collins pleaded guilty in December to first-degree sexual misconduct.

He previously resigned as chairman of the village trustees, a job roughly equivalent to mayor. He also stepped down as pastor of the Temple Lot Church in Collins.