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Pastor Rapist Gets 3 Years

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, of Murrieta, was sentenced to three years in state prison for the rape of a 16-year-old choir girl he pastored at a Temecula church.

A Murrieta man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison for the rape of a 16-year-old choir girl he pastored at a Temecula church, according to court records.

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, admitted to unlawful sex with a minor, which occurred April 25 at his Murrieta apartment. He was arrested three days later after the victim gave Murrieta police details of the rape.

Spencer worked as an assistant pastor and choir director at . Court records state he picked the victim up from school and took her to his apartment, where he admitted to penetrating her with a foreign object. The victim told police similar acts were commited while she was at his apartment on more than one occasion.

Spencer was convicted of a similar crime with a minor in 2008 in San Bernardino County, for which he was granted four years probation.

In 2009, he was brought back before a judge for failing to report to the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center to serve a mandated 180 days in jail. At that 2009 court hearing, probation was reinstated and he was sentenced to 240 days local jail time.

Spencer originally pleaded not guilty to the Murrieta case, 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, according to John Hall, spokesperson for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

On top of the current three-year sentence, he was also required to register as a sex offender in Riverside County.

Peter Surowski and Mirna Alfonso contributed to this report.

M. Lee Davis October 07, 2011 at 05:30 PM
All one has to do is click on the "Flag as inappropriate" tab on all his post and after three separate (by separate I mean separate internet i.p. addresses) his posting will go away.
S.S. October 07, 2011 at 07:55 PM
@ M. Lee Davis That's exactly what I do! I dont even respond even though sometimes I am tempted
temeculan October 08, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Hey M. Lee - Question....Why do three people need to read JJ's sick stuff? JJ knows he's got about 24 hours and he's the only person doing this so why don't you simply bar him?
M. Lee Davis October 08, 2011 at 06:00 PM
It's the way the system is set up. I emailed Patch about various "trolls" that were doing nothing but spreading hate comments after articles and asked to have their account removed. They said that was not possible as they have to allow equal access to whomever as to not violate any free speech policies already set up. They then told me about the flagging. Thing is I created several accounts but the "three strikes" rule only works if the comment is flagged by three separate internet accounts. So, everybody just needs to flag JJ's comments. If you click on his name it will take you to his page and will list all his comments. here is the link: http://temecula.patch.com/users/jj-mclure
jane gladstone October 08, 2011 at 07:38 PM
This rediculis the time dont fit the crime, 1 he should have been listed sex molester in 2008 and seved his time then and now 4 years . His victims will have to live wiyth this for the rest of their lives I know I was a victim and at the age of 60 was able to first forgive myself afterforging the perp. I fond Jesus and god our Heavenly Father I was able to forgive really start to live free of the he caused so please sentence acccording he was a pastor of youth he should have know better and been order not to be around our youth I pray he seeks forgiveness repents and really finds God and Jesus and lives clean moral life from now and that those that have been molested can forgive love themseves and know they are blameless. This country, state and counties and city officals has to prtect our youth from these perps by having better laws and enforcing a code of moralty.

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