Saturday, July 02, 2005

Crime and Punishment/Pedophilia

Man gets 19 years for molesting girl, 9

Salem Statesman Journal/

A St. Paul man who has worked as a pastor and a teacher was sentenced to 19 years and two months in prison Tuesday on charges that he sexually abused a daughter he adopted from Russia. David Charles Gilmore, 40, pleaded guilty in Marion County Circuit Court in April to the seven counts of unlawful sexual penetration. The incidents involving the 9-year-old child stretched over a two-year period. Gilmore and his wife have four biological children and three children adopted from Russia. The children range in age from 1 year to 12 or 13 years old and are living with their mother. Before his arrest, Gilmore was a teacher at C.S. Lewis Christian School in Newberg and at St. Paul Elementary School. He also taught piano lessons. He previously was the senior pastor at the Marcon Friends Church and an associate pastor at the Newberg Friends Church, both in the Newberg area. Gilmore's wife suspected the abuse, confronted her husband and -- after he confessed -- forced him to turn himself in to police, said Darin Tweedt, a Marion County Deputy District Attorney. In court Tuesday, she said she chose to forgive her husband so he could be restored to the man of God she knows him to be, Tweedt said. Gilmore still faces several sexual-abuse charges in Yamhill County connected to the same girl.


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