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Former pastor pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

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By Dani Maxwell

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A former pastor pleads guilty to sexually abusing two underage girls.

Jonathon C. Powell, 40, used to work at New Hope Baptist Church in Machesney Park. He was arrested in May of last year.

Monday Powell plead guilty to criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The first case involved a teenage girl.  The second case was also a female.

Powell was sentenced to 5 years in prison on the criminal sexual assault. He has to serve 85% of that.  He was given 3 years for the second count, which will be served after the first sentence.  Powell also has to register as a sex offender for life.

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