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Youth pastor accused of raping young girl several times during religious rite of confirmation

By Mason White 6:13 PM January 1, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A youth pastor was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping a teen girl several times, prosecutors in Sweden said.

Now, the youth pastor of the diocese of Uppsala, was sentenced to serve 2 and a half years in jail.

According to the police investigation, the pastor was accused of raping a teenage member of his confirmation class. The pastor had raped the 14-year-old girl several times over a period of 4 weeks.

The pastor had been employed in the diocese for a year and a half, and had a specific responsibility of overseeing the religious rite of confirmations.

In addition to the prison sentence, the pastor was ordered to pay 110,000 kronor ($14,200) in damages to the victim. A spokesperson for the church said that they have a zero tolerance policy towards rape and sexual assault.

He also assured parents that their children are safe.