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Clergyman Gets 20yrs For Sex Abuse

A JAPANESE clergyman who sexually abused seven girls in his congregation, telling them they would languish in hell forever if they resisted, was sentenced to 20 years in prison today, a court official said.
Tamotsu Kin, 62, repeatedly abused the girls, who were aged from 12 to 16, in his office at the Central Church of Holy God in Kyoto prefecture, about 375km west of Tokyo, according to the court ruling, quoted by Kyodo news agency.
The abuse went on from March 2001 to September 2004, the court ruling said.
In handing down the ruling, Presiding Judge Takeshi Uegaki said, "The girls believed they would go to hell if they resisted the defendant, who was the closest thing to God for them, and thus had no choice but to obey."
The 20-year sentence, the strongest possible, was in line with prosecutors' demands.

http://www.dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,18223812-5001028,00.html (21-2-2006)
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