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Kingston pastor sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with 13-year-old girl

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 1:43 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Paul Hanniford, the Pentecostal pastor convicted of having sex with  a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The sentence was handed down by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams in the Home Circuit Court today.

The 55-year-old City Mission pastor was convicted last month.

The in-camera trial featured testimony from the now 15-year-old victim and her then five-year-old brother, who watched through a bedroom window as his sister was being sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors led evidence that the pastor took the victim and her sibling to his house under the pretence that they were going for a "drive out".

IN PHOTO: Paul Hanniford - via FaceBook

The five-year-old boy was given a bowl of cornflakes and placed around a dining table as the then 13-year-old victim asked to use the bathroom, prosecutors revealed.

Hanniford reportedly accompanied her to the bathroom before leading the child to a bedroom where he assaulted her.

According to prosecutors, the five-year-old boy began searching for his sister when he heard her crying out for help and climbed on to a chair that allowed him to peer into the bedroom and witness the assault.

Prosecutors say, afterwards, Hanniford returned the children to their mother, who was waiting for them at his church, and tried to convince the 13-year-old that what happened was their "little secret".

He also told her that she should not tell anyone.

Prosecutors said on reuniting with his mother, the boy made several attempts to tell her about the attack in the presence of the pastor, but was shut down by the minister.

On the fourth attempt, they said, he blurted out an account of what happened.