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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 09:07 PM
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16. Baptist minister gets 135 years for sexually abusing 3 teens
LARGO -- Youth pastor Randy Lee Morrow lied all the time to the teenagers he says looked up to him as a father figure. He admits it.

Lies about being in a biker gang. Lies about serving prison time. Lies about having terminal cancer.

"I lied a lot more than I should have," he says.

But Morrow says he is telling the truth when he insists he did not have sex with three teenage boys he pastored at Countryside Baptist Church in Clearwater.

A Pinellas-Pasco jury deliberated for two hours on Thursday before deciding that was a lie, too. Jurors found Morrow, 42, guilty of nine charges involving allegations he had sex with three teens, ages 13 to 15, while he was their youth pastor.

Circuit Judge Phil Federico immediately sentenced Morrow to 135 years in prison for charges that ranged from sexual activity with a minor to lewd and lascivious behavior and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"If I could give you more (time), I would," the judge said.

Federico said Morrow's was one of the worst cases of trust betrayed that he had ever seen in 19 years as a prosecutor and a judge.
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