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Pastor convicted of lewd molestation sentenced to 23 years

by: Farron Salley Updated:

TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

  • Damien Bonner convicted of two counts of lewd molestation
  • Bonner testified on his own behalf and maintains innocence 
  • Judge Caputo cited testimony of Bonner's accusers in sentencing
  • Bonner sentenced to 23 years in prison 

A former Tulsa pastor convicted of lewd molestation is sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

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Judge Caputo sentenced Damien Bonner to 20 years and a $10,000 fine for count 1 and three years and $10,000 fine for the other count. Bonner wrote a letter to the judge after being found guilty that asked the court to understand the politics of the case and asked for a lenient sentence. Bonner also maintained his innocence in that letter. 

Bonner is the former pastor for Galilee Baptist Church. Bonner will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 20 years before he is eligible for parole. - See more at: http://www.fox23.com/news/news/local/former-tulsa-pastor-convicted-lewd-molestation/nktXD/#sthash.oYX7rtey.dpuf