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Pastor sentenced for unlawful sex with 14-year-old

August 15, 2011 |  4:03 pm

Pastor pleads guilty to unlawful sex The pastor of a South Los Angeles church pleaded no contest Monday to having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl who was a member of his congregation.

After entering the plea, Leonel Pelayo, 45, was given a four-year suspended state prison sentence and a year in jail, said Deputy Distn Atty. Martha Carrillo of the Sex Crimes Division. He will also be on five years' probation upon his release.

In addition, the minister was ordered to stay away from the victim, who is now 15.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed five additional felony counts that included lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Pelayo, a pastor at Iglesia Apostolica Monte de Horeb, engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim between July 1 and Aug. 20, 2010, authorites said.

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