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|Youth minister sentenced for
County youth minister was sentenced to 135 years in prison
after being convicted of having sex with three teenage boys.
A jury deliberated two hours before finding Randy Lee
Morrow, 42, guilty of nine charges involving allegations that
he had sex with the teens, ages 13 to 15, while he was their
pastor at Countryside Baptist Church in Clearwater.
Circuit Judge Phil Federico immediately sentenced
Morrow to 135 years in prison for charges that ranged from
sexual activity with a minor to lewd and lascivious behavior
and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
could give you more (time), I would," Federico said at
Thursday's court proceedings.
Prosecutor Tim Hessinger
told jurors that Morrow lured the three victims with
cigarettes and alcohol, getting them drunk so he could take
advantage of them by having sex in his RV, the church and
Morrow denied having sex with the teens,
although he admitted on the witness stand that he lied to them
often about his life and experiences so they would like him.
Defense attorneys said the teens made up stories about
Morrow because they were angry at his lies and that he was
leaving the church to begin a new ministry for the homeless.
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