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Minister pleads guilty to sex with 14-year-old girl

June 6, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 23-year-old Colorado Springs minister has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a plea agreement that allows him to avoid a prison sentence.

Romello Leach was arrested in November after the girl got pregnant. DNA testing later indicated the baby was not his.

Leach pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of sexual assault of a child. He faces 10 years to life on sex offender intensive supervised probation when he is sentenced on Sept. 17.

Leach was associated with several churches that meet regularly at a hotel in east Colorado Springs and met the girl through her parents, who attended services.

Investigators recorded at least two phone calls in which Leach admitted he had sex with the girl several times saying he had “made the worst mistake” because he was “full of lust.”

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