A pastor, Johnson Adeleke has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo for raping a 14-year-old member of his church.
The judge, Justice Olatokunbo Majekodunmi in her ruling on Friday, held that from the evidence before her, the convict was guilty of the charge of rape preferred against him.
Adeleke, before his arrest, was a pastor of one of the new generation churches in Abeokuta.
He was arraigned on a one-count charge of rape, contrary to Section 258 (1) of the Criminal Code Law of Ogun 2006.
Majekodunmi held that the cleric had intercourse with the victim, now 27 years, when she was 14 years.
She said, “The convict, John Adeleke, was the pastor of the church the victim and her parents attend.
“In the year 2004, Adeleke proposed marriage to the victim and informed her parents that God revealed to him that the victim is his wife; the claim was disregarded by her parents.
“The convict attended night vigil at the home of the victim and used the opportunity to have sexual intercourse with her.
“The convict disvirgined his victim and threatened to kill her if she informs anybody.
“The parents of the victim later knew about it, which led to the arrest of the convict.”
However, in his testimony, Adeleke admitted that he had carnal knowledge of the victim when she was 19 years, not 14 years as claimed by the prosecution.
The pastor also admitted that the victim was in secondary school and a virgin during the period. His counsel, Adebiyi Ogundeyi, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
The judge sentenced Adeleke to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.