NYC Pastor Gets Prison for Raping Girls in Church Basement

A New York City pastor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping two girls in a church basement.

Reuben Chizor's victims were members of his Hope Restoration Ministries congregation in Queens Village.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown says they were 12 and 14 years old when two years of abuse began in 2011.

Police were notified in 2015 after the victims, who are sisters, confided in each other.

Brown said Chizor "took advantage of his position as a man of the cloth and the trust placed in him by his followers to satisfy his depraved desires." 

Chizor's prison term will be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision.

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