Former Reading Pastor Sentenced

WPVI [Reading PA]
June 22, 2004

A 57-year-old former pastor from Reading accused of raping three girls several times, sometimes in a church office, will serve five to 20 years in state prison.

Cesar Segura, former pastor of Iglesia Luterna Cristo Rendentor, pleaded guilty to rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for having sexual relations with three girls between 9 and 14 during a period from April 1995 to March 2002. He has been held in Berks County Prison without bail.

Berks County Judge Stephen Lieberman says Segura is a violent sexual predator under Megan's Law and must register his whereabouts with police and undergo counseling for the rest of his life.

Segura told the judge that he was embarrassed and sorry.


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