*A Bronx, NY pastor charged with raping a 12-year-old girl from his flock turned down a “sweetheart” plea deal that came with three years in prison.
Michael Clare, 38, refused the offer from prosecutors, despite “almost irrefutable proof” he impregnated the child, said Bronx Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer.
“He wasn’t interested,” Tallmer said in court Monday.
Clare’s lawyer, Paul Brenner, asked the judge to consider probation instead of prison.
“I would never do that,” she snapped, citing a DNA match between Clare and the victim’s aborted fetus.
Clare – the married leader of the Harvest Worship Center and principal of the associated Harvest Prep school, declined comment outside court.
Read more at the NY Daily News.