Pensacola Pastor Sentenced In Sex Abuse

Pensacola Pastor Sentenced In Sex Abuse

By Wkrg Staff

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Pensacola pastor who authorities say
molested a 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to five years in
state prison and 10 years probation.
The judge also ordered Monday that Pastor Leon Rankins III of
the Restoration Full Gospel Baptist Church is required to register
as a sexual predator.
The 36-year-old Rankins pleaded no contest in April to two
counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim over the age of
12. He had faced at least 12 years in prison, if convicted.
More than 20 family members and supporters of Rankins filed
quietly out of the courtroom after the sentencing was announced.
Last April, authorities say the teen told his parents that the
minister had been molesting him for two years.

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