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Preacher Sentenced in Molestation


A Tulsa jury on Wednesday handed a 79-year-old Oakhurst
preacher prison terms totaling 30 years upon convicting him of
molesting and sodomizing a 5-year-old girl.
William Euel Riley received 10 years on each of two counts of
lewd molestation, and one count of forcible sodomy. Jurors
acquitted him of another sodomy count.
The verdicts were delivered after almost six hours of
deliberations, ending a three-day trial in Associate District Judge
Bill Beasley's court.
Riley, pastor of Mission of Love Pentecostal Church in Oakhurst,
denied the allegations.
Riley said he had "no idea" why the girl, now 6, accused him of
improper conduct.
Prosecutor John Priddy contended Riley committed the crimes in
March 1995, when the girl and her 3-year-old sister stayed
overnight with the defendant.
Defense attorney Creekmore Wallace theorized family turmoil
prompted the girl to tell a false story.
Another count was dismissed Monday, involving an allegation that
Riley made an indecent proposal to the sister. Priddy said he did
not want that girl, now 4, to have to testify.
Riley, who had been free on $50,000 bail, was jailed Wednesday
night. Formal sentencing is set for Feb. 15, one day before his
80th birthday.

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