Quantcast
Connect with us

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

Published

on

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.

“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.”

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

Published

on

Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

Published

on

Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

Published

on

Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image