THE BRONX - A one-time pastor and principal of a school in the Bronx was sentenced to 10 years in jail today for raping two teenage girls.
Prosecutors say Michael Clare, 41, raped a 13-year-old member of his congregation in March 2007 when he was pastor at Harvest Worship Center International. The second victim, a 14-year-old girl, was raped in September 2009. She was a student at the church's affiliated school where Clare had served as principal.
Both incidents happened at Clare's house on Quincy Avenue.
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The district attorney read impact statements from both victims' mothers, saying Clare betrayed their trust and caused them turmoil.
Clare's sentence was part of a plea deal to prevent the case from going to trial so that the victims wouldn't have to testify.