2017-05-03 / Front Page

Seven Years For Pastor In Child Sex Abuse

By Liz Goff
A 46-year-old Woodside man was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl his wife was babysitting at her apartment in the Woodside Houses.

James Love, 46, was found guilty in April of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Love was sentenced on April 24 to seven years in prison, followed by 10 years post-release supervision, Brown said. Upon his release from prison, Love will also be required to register as a sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Love, who was pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn at the time of the abuse, was convicted of molesting the girl in the Woodside apartment on March 7, 2016, touching her genitals over her clothing, according to the complaint.

Lowe repeated the act on June 7, 2016, then rubbed his genitals against the girl’s genitals, between their clothing, tried to put his hand under her clothing, exposed himself to the girl and placed her hand on his genitals, according to the court papers.

Investigators arrested Love after they arranged a phone call between him and the child’s mother - after the woman reported the abuse to police on June 7, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors said the abuse took place over the span of about one year, from June 2015 to June 2016.

“A jury listened to all the evidence and convicted the defendant of sexually abusing an innocent little girl,” Brown said. “The victim’s mother…had every expectation that her daughter would be cared for and protected, but instead the husband of the sitter took advantage of the girl’s proximity and repeatedly violated her for his own sexual gratification,” Brown said. “The defendant will be incarcerated to punish him for these acts, as well as to protect others from his depraved impulses.”

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