Former Arlington pastor Terry Hornbuckle is denied parole

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Terry Hornbuckle, the former leader of a 2,500-member church in Arlington, was denied parole Friday by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Hornbuckle was convicted in 2006 of sexually assaulting three women and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Shortly after he was convicted, prosecutors Sean Colston and Betty Arvin sent the parole board information about the case and wrote that they oppose early release or parole, according to an official with the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Hornbuckle, along with ex-wife Renee, started the Victory Temple Bible Church in the mid-1980s in a former Dairy Queen in Irving.

Renamed Agape Christian Fellowship in 1992, the church grew into a 42,000-square-foot facility and was assessed at more than $4 million before the trial began. Hornbuckle's ex-wife is now ministering to the congregation and heading the church.

Hornbuckle has been held at the Powledge Unit in Palestine and was deemed eligible for parole Feb. 24. He is scheduled to complete his prison term Aug. 25, 2020, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website.

His parole request was denied because of the nature of the offenses, said Harry Battson, spokesman for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Two of the sexual assault victims testified that they were drugged first.

Hornbuckle will be eligible for parole again early in 2014, Battson said.

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