Former NJ Pastor Sentenced to 11 Years for Child Sex Assault

Sunday, Nov 11, 2012  |  Updated 7:10 AM EDT
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Former Pastor Sentenced to 11 Years for Sex Assault

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A former pastor of a Plainfield church has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

George Benbow had been accused of assaulting several girls over the course of eight years, beginning in April 2000. He was convicted in June on two counts of sexual assault and four counts of child endangerment, but was acquitted on other charges.

The girls who accused Benbow ranged in ages between 9 and 13 and were either campers, counselors or babysitters at Christian Fellowship Gospel Church. They testified the 59-year-old would have them sit on his lap and he would rub up against them.

Benbow founded the church in 1981. It closed after his arrest in 2008.

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