An Oklahoma priest has resigned after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy.
In June, a jury convicted 47-year-old Jerry Taylor on 25 charges.
His trial was the first in the state’s history for child sex abuse allegations.
The jury returned a verdict Friday and he will now be sentenced in September.
Taylor, a parishioner at First United Church of Christ in El Reno, pleaded not guilty in January to 18 charges, including six counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual abuse, one count of aggravated criminal sexual conduct and two counts of statutory rape.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Taylor was arrested in July after a complaint from the boy, now 18.
The boy told authorities that Taylor touched him in a sexual manner while the two were camping together.
Prosecutors said Taylor touched the boy inappropriately during his camping trip, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors called the case the first sexual abuse of a minor by a clergy member in Oklahoma history.
Taylor served in the El Reno Diocese from 2002 to 2009.
He is the sixth church priest in Oklahoma to be convicted of child sexual abuse charges in the past two decades.
The Diocese of El Reno did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Taylor’s trial began after the boy told a counselor that he was molested by Taylor during a camping trip in the summer of 2015, the Associated Statesman-Telegram of Oklahoma reported.
Taylor had been working at the church for the past year.
He resigned in May after the church released a statement saying the priest had not sexually abused anyone in his care.
The church said he was not fired or disciplined.
“I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all answer to the problem of child abuse, nor do I believe that a priest can have a complete and perfect understanding of the abuse of children and not be responsible for the crimes committed by others,” the statement said.
The diocese released a list of the victims, including one boy who was 16 at the time of the alleged incident.
It did not name the boy.
Oklahoma City police said they found the boy naked in Taylor’s car on a road outside the church in the days after the abuse was reported.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment and is now at home.
Taylor has been on probation since his arrest, according the Associated News.
In the statement released by the church, the Diocese said that the church did not agree to a plea agreement that was reached with prosecutors and prosecutors declined to comment.
“As the accused priest has already confessed, we cannot comment on this specific case at this time,” the Diocesan statement said, according with the Associated State News.
Taylor and his attorney did not respond to an AP request for an interview.
In March, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma announced it was opening a child abuse hotline in response to Taylor’s guilty verdict.