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Pastor Sentenced for Molesting Girl Over 10-Year Period

Oscar Sanchez was sentenced last week in Lowell Superior Court

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The pastor of a Lowell, Massachusetts, church has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl over a period of about 10 years.

Oscar Sanchez was sentenced last week in Lowell Superior Court. He was convicted in December.

His wife, Luisa Osario-Sanchez, was found guilty of assault and battery and reckless endangerment of a child. She was sentenced to one year in jail.

They are co-pastors of the Church of God The Holy Branch.

The Sun reports that the victim, now 19, testified at trial the abuse began when she was 6. She said Sanchez would come to her bed at night under the guise of praying with her, but would molest her.

Oscar Sanchez maintained his innocence.

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