Chaplain Sentenced for Having Sex with 4 Girls
Robertson Pleaded Guilty to 54 Counts of Sexual Battery

July 11, 2006

MEDINA, Ohio -- A judge sentenced a former police chaplain to 15 years in prison for having sex with four girls since 2002.

Leonard Robertson, 46, pleaded guilty in April to 54 counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempted gross sexual imposition.

"This is sort of the poster child of patterns of abuse," Medina Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier said Monday. "You don't get much more clear than this."

In November, the Medina Police Department learned of the allegations and dismissed Robertson from his position as chaplain, a volunteer post he held for about seven months.

Robertson also served for a time as an associate minister at Medina Alliance Fellowship, authorities said. He was leading Prepare the Way Community Church when he was arrested.

Robertson will have to register as a sexual predator after his release. He told the judge that he now knows he needs help.

"I struggle with whether I always knew it," Robertson said. "Given the chance, I know I would do the right thing."

Medina is about 30 miles south of Cleveland.


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