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Pastor convicted of sexually abusing a teen girl

Pastor Leon W. Jones, who founded the Renewed Hope Christian Church on the 700 block of N. Paca St., was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teen-age girl, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

The abuse occurred during a two-year period from April 2000 through March of 2002, prosecutors said. The girl, now 27, was introduced to Jones by her mother, who participated in the abuse and was convicted of five counts of child sexual abuse.

A jury convicted Jones of eight counts of second-degree sexual offense, prosecutors said. He faces a maximum of 160 years in prison at his sentencing, set for June 26.



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