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Ex-Minister Sentenced for Molestation


A former Tulsa County minister accused of molesting a teen-age
church member was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
Steve Lamberson, 35, pleaded no contest April 3 to two
molestation counts.
Tulsa District Judge Ned Turnbull refused to grant any probation,
but agreed to review the sentence in four months.
Lamberson, a resident of the Mounds area, was pastor and
principal of Liberty Heights Free Will Baptist Church and academy
in south Tulsa County when the offenses occurred, said a report by
Sheriff's Deputy Gary Ross.
Lamberson was charged in 1994 with molesting a girl -- now 18
years old -- in December 1991 and March 1992, when she was 14 and
Lamberson "is no longer in the preaching business," defense
attorney Fred Schraeder said when a plea agreement was reached in
April, halting jury selection for a trial.
Lamberson, who performed 80 hours of court-ordered community
service, was jailed Friday. He had been free on $3,000 bail for
more than a year.

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