A deferred sentence is not a conviction if the conditions of the sentence are met. A suspended sentence is a conviction.
Coyle has paid back $92,600 in restitution, including the cost of a church audit, his attorney said.
A friend of Coyle's paid the debt, the attorney said.
“Obviously, Mr. Coyle made some terrible errors in judgment over an extended period of time,” defense attorney Tom Riesen told the judge. “This is a decent man with a decent inner core.”
Coyle, who is not in custody, was accompanied to court by his wife. He apologized to church members for his behavior, which he acknowledged he received counseling for.
“I've let them down tremendously,” he said. “I was completely wrong; this is nobody's responsibility but my own.”