Former Pastor Sentenced for Rape of Teenage Girl

August 22, 2006

Norwich, N.Y. A 54-year-old former pastor is sentenced to nine to 28 years in prison for running off with a 15-year-old girl from his upstate congregation.

Lewis Lee pleaded guilty in June to seven counts of third-degree rape. He's scheduled to appear for sentencing in federal court next month on various charges. Authorities say any additional federal penalties will run concurrently with the time he'll serve in state prison.

Lee was arrested in April in Maryland on a federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and a New York warrant for first-degree custodial interference.

The teenager from the town of Columbus was with Lee when the two were taken into custody a month after they disappeared. Lee was the girl's former pastor at the Christian Baptist Church in Sherburne, about 45 miles north of Binghamton.

Lee was caught after his sister provided police with information of his whereabouts.


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