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Mar 10, 2016

Pastor’s Sentence for Sexual Offences Upheld by Appeal Court

Julio Cesar Garcia

A self-proclaimed pastor who was convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a young girl saw his appeal dismissed and his conviction and sentence affirmed by the Justices of the Court of Appeal. Julio Cesar Garcia, of Franks Eddy, Cayo District, is tonight back behind bars. Garcia was convicted of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse of the minor and was sentenced to two-twelve year  prison terms; luckily for him, his sentence were ordered to run concurrently so he will spend only twelve years in jail. The underage girl testified that on October twentieth and November first, 2012, Garcia raped her—once inside the church.   But the well-known village pastor thought that he was wrongly accused and convicted for a crime he never committed.  His appeal was fought by attorney Oswald Twist who had filed five grounds of appeal but later abandoned one.   He argued that the judge had erred in law for failing to provide direction to the jury regarding the standard of proof, but the Court of Appeal upheld the conviction. At the time of the incident, the Baptist Association distanced itself from Garcia saying he was not a pastor.

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