April 24, Staff Report
A Woodside pastor was sentenced to seven years in prison today for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced today that 46-year-old James Love of Woodside, a pastor at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn, was sentenced to seven years in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child earlier this month.
A jury listened to all the evidence and convicted the defendant of sexually abusing an innocent, little girl. The victim’s mother dropped off the youngster at a trusted babysitter’s home,” Brown said. “She had every expectation that her daughter would be cared for and protected, but instead the husband of the sitter took advantage of the girl’s proximity and repeatedly violated her for his own sexual gratification. The defendant will be incarcerated to punish him for these acts as well as to protect others from his depraved impulses.”
According to trial testimony, Love abused the girl on multiple occasions between June 2015 and June 2016. The pastor touched the victim’s vagina through her clothes and rubbed his penis against the girl’s vagina through her clothes. The defendant also tried to kiss the child and exposed his genitals and forced the victim to touch him.
In addition to serving seven years in prison, Love will be subject to 10 years of post release supervision and will have to register with the state as a sex offender.