Pastor to spend 12 years in prison for sex with minor

Pastor Kenneth Blake of Harvest Temple Apostolic Church on Slipe Pen Road, St Andrew, will serve 12 years in prison for having sex with a person under 16 years old and five years for sexual touching.

Justice Lorna Shelly Williams in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Thursday sentenced Blake, who pleaded guilty, to 29 years in prison in total.

He received a 12-year sentence on each of the two counts of having sex with a person under 16 years old and five years for sexual touching. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Blake had denied the charges for two years, until July, when a second DNA test on the baby of the now teenager found that he is the father of the child.

He was charged in August 2017, after the impregnated girl told her mother that Blake started having sex with her at his St Andrew residence in 2015. He continued the act until she became pregnant.