Look how the judge in the great secular-but-very-Christian nation of America favored Christianity. What happened to congress shall not make establishemtn of religion or whatever?
A former youth leader at Gateway Christian Fellowship Church in West Haven today was sentenced to nine months in prison on a sexual assault charge stemming from a sexual affair with a 14-year-old member of the church.
Over the course of months Deon Ross, now 23, engaged in sexual activity with the young church member, leading to his second-degree sexual assault conviction, a prosecutor said. The relationship was described as “consensual” in the arrest warrant affidavit, but the legal age of consent in Connecticut is 16.
Church officials contacted police in May 2009 after another young member of the church alerted them that something was going on between Ross and the victim, the arrest warrant affidavit says. Police arrested Ross in June 2009.
Ross, wearing a khaki-colored jacket and dark pants at Superior Court in Milford, sobbed lightly as Superior Court Judge Eddie Rodriguez Jr. imposed a sentenced of five years in prison to be suspended after he serves nine months with 10 years probation. He also will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years and undergo any sex-offender treatment and counseling the Office of Adult Probation deems necessary.
The judge told Ross he should be thankful the victim’s father offered Ross his forgiveness.
“You are very fortunate that the father said, on behalf of his daughter, in a very Christian way, said, he has forgiven you to get on with your life,” Rodriguez said.