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Pastor Pleads Guilty of Raping Choir Girl

He faces three years for the statutory rape of a teen girl he met at his Temecula church and for a similar case in San Bernardino County.

A former pastor of a Temecula church pleaded guilty today of raping a teenaged choir girl.

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, who was the choir director of admitted to unlawful intercourse with a minor more than three years younger that him and penetrating her with a foreign object, according to court records.

He faces three years in prison for this crime and a similar one stemming from an incident in San Bernardino County, according to John Hall, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office.

To read about both crimes, .

Spencer originally pleaded not guilty, but withdrew his plead as part of a bargain, according to attorneys. He would have faced nine years in prison were he found guilty on all charges, Hall said.

To read about the plea deal, .

He was scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 4, according to court records.

Local Resident September 19, 2011 at 08:17 PM
But if he's guilty, shouldn't he still serve the time? Why does he deserve to be free?? Ridiculous!!
disgusted September 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM
He SHOULD serve time... how disgusting!
Dewy September 20, 2011 at 09:38 PM
dirt bag...close the church down also have them move to moreno valley
jbw September 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Why close the house of the Lord and move to Moreno Valley????????????????
Melanie Jula Sakoda September 22, 2011 at 09:50 PM
We hope that anyone who suffered, saw or suspected crimes by Joseph Jermaine Spencer will contact the police. Kids are safest when predators are jailed. Predators are jailed when victims and witnesses find the courage and strength to come forward, as the brave victim in this case did. We hope her courage will inspire others to do the same. Melanie Jula Sakoda Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) SNAP East Bay Director Toll Free Phone: 1-877-SNAPHEALS (1-877-762-7432) melanie.sakoda@gmail.com 925-708-6175
Anon September 29, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Joseph is not a predator! He definitely made a horrible decision, but he is not predator and I would appreciate it if you would stop trying to label him as such! You weren't there so you have no idea what actually went on. So you have no place trying to label him as a predator! Shame on you!
in2golf.37 April 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Janae - Obviously you don't have children!!! This guy is a 3 time offender. Anyone who perpetrates crimes against children are by nature PREDATORS. Shame on you for being so ignorant.
Anon April 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Reggie, I actually do have children, I'm glad to see you think you know so much about me though. Have you seen transcripts? His record? Anything? so you tell me who's ignorant? Shame on you! and where did you get 3 time offender from?

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