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Pennsylvania judge slaps down ex-pastor who wanted ‘volume discount’ for molesting boy 12 times

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A Pennsylvania judge refused to give a former youth pastor a “volume discount” for molestation crimes this week after he claimed that his current sentence was too severe.

Jonathan D. Masteller was sentenced to 25 1/2 to 80 years in prison in November 2014 after he was found guilty of 12 sex crimes involving a 12-year-old boy.

Masteller had been the boy’s youth pastor and junior high boy’s basketball coach. The former pastor was caught after the boy used his cellphone to record the abuse.

In his appeal to the court, Masteller argued that Lancaster County Judge Joseph Madenspacher had punished him excessively by ordering him to serve consecutive sentences for some of the counts, PennLive.com reported.

Masteller asserted that Madenspacher had ignored factors like the former pastor’s disadvantaged childhood, that he was sexually abused as a child, and that he was sorry for his crimes.

On Tuesday, a state Superior Court panel found that Madenspacher had sentenced Masteller appropriately.

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“The abuse only stopped because a third party discovered the pictures and contacted police,” Senior Judge William H. Platt wrote in an opinion for the court. “Masteller is not entitled to a volume discount for his crimes.”

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Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic

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A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.

According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.

Videos were posted by Felecia Soso showing the man telling the women "glassware is not allowed at the pool."

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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