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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Hartford pastor has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls who became pregnant after the abuse.
Modesto Reyes, a Pentecostal pastor at Iglesia De Dios Te Llama, appeared in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday as his relatives and parishioners looked on. Judge David Gold gave Reyes consecutive 12-year prison terms, one for each girl.
Both girls belonged to the congregation. Police and prosecutors say one of them was only 11 when Reyes befriended her, and she gave birth to a boy in May 2006. DNA tests confirmed the 53-year-old Reyes was the father.
Authorities say the other girl, who was 13, had a miscarriage.
Reyes, who must serve 10 years of probation after the prison time, had earlier pleaded guilty to sexual assault and other charges.