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Washington judge blasts youth pastor who raped teen for years: ‘You cannot hide behind concept of sin’

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A Washington judge rebuked a former youth pastor who admitted to repeatedly raping a teenage girl for years.

Christopher Trent pleaded guilty in March to four counts of third-degree child rape, and the terms of his plea deal left the judge unable to sentence him to more than five years in prison, reported the Bellingham Herald.

But Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis told the former church leader that she wished she could impose a longer prison term and excoriated him for hiding behind his religious beliefs.

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“You cannot hide behind the concept of sin, as you have represented to the court,” Montoya-Lewis said. “These were poor choices. They were your choices, over years. You had every opportunity, every day, to stop what you were doing to this child, and you chose to continue.”

The victim read a tearful letter to the court describing what Trent’s abuse had cost her, as the disgraced youth pastor wept and dry-heaved, and he later confessed his crime “before God and man” and cited Psalms 51:3: “For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

The judge, however, was not impressed.

“It is not in the court’s authority or ability to hand out forgiveness,” Montoya-Lewis said. “But I listened to what happened to (the girl), and I read about her experiences, and your response to that — and it is unforgivable.”

The 37-year-old Trent, a married father of seven, met the girl through Bellingham Baptist Church when she was 16 years old, and the victim told police the abuse escalated from “side hugs” to rape.

The girl estimated that Trent had sexually abused her over 100 times, and she told police the youth pastor described her as his “sex slave” and forced her to endure painful sex acts that let her bleeding for days.

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Her mother found hundreds of texts from Trent, who professed his love for the girl, and she warned him to stay away from her daughter but did not contact police.

Trent’s wife found explicit photos of the girl on his phone, but he convinced her they had been sent to him by mistake.

The head pastor eventually confronted Trent in June 2016 about his oddly close relationship with the girl, but police didn’t get involved until July 11, 2016, after a church member found a letter from the girl that had fallen out of his Bible.

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Trent was arrested a week later as he loaded up a trailer to move out of Bellingham.

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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