Pastor sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with minor

Kenneth Blake, head Pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, who pleaded guilty in July to having sex with a minor, was on Friday sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Blake, who was accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12 year old girl, who later became pregnant, was sentenced to 12 years each on two counts of having sex with a person under 16 years old and five years for sexual touching.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
The sentence was handed down by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams in the Home Circuit Court.
Blake was arrested and charged in August 2017 by detectives assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.
The charges were filed after the girl gave investigators a detailed statement in which she disclosed that Blake had sex with her at his St. Andrew home when she was 12.
She told investigators the first time the pastor had sex with her was in 2015.
She became pregnant in 2017 and confessed to her mother that she had sex with Blake.
Blake denied the accusations, even after two DNA tests found there was a 99.9 per cent chance he could not be excluded as the father of  her child.
The second test was done at a private institution chosen by Blake after he complained that the first test, conducted at the Government Forensic Laboratory, was tainted.
He insisted in court that the accusations against him were part of an extortion attempt by the child's mother.

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