TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A former youth minister in Birmingham has pleaded guilty to a federal charge accusing him of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

Federal authorities said Tuesday that William David Webb, who was a youth pastor at Word of Life Christian Center, entered the plea in federal court in Tuscaloosa and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. No sentencing date was set immediately.

The 35-year-old Webb, who was arrested Jan. 14 in Murrietta, Calif., was accused of taking a 15-year-old

Webb's lawyer, Tommy Spina, told The Birmingham News the girl traveled with Webb's family as their baby sitter and was a member of Webb's church, but he said no sex act occurred on that occasion.

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