BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) – A former Baptist pastor who disappeared with a 15-year-old girl for a month in mid-March and later pleaded guilty to raping her was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison.

Lewis Lee, 54, admitted in May to four federal charges, including crossing state lines to have sex with a minor. In August, he was sentenced to 9 1/3 to 28 years in state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of third-degree rape.

Lee will serve 11 years and three months in a federal prison and then the remainder of his time in state prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas McAvoy also ordered Lee to be supervised by for 25 years after his release.

“Mr. Lee you have gone a long way to destroy the lives of the victim and her family. It is beyond my power to describe how heinous this crime is,” McAvoy said.

Lee was ordered to pay nearly $67,000 in restitution to cover the cost of mental health treatments for the girl and some of the income the family farm lost while searching for the teen.

At the sentencing, the victim’s mother said Lee, their pastor and friend, “betrayed” them, and described the family’s ordeal. “This has been like living a nightmare … but I never wake up, and it never goes away,” she said.


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