April 20, 2005

Minister gets 10-year term for molesting seven children

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Jennifer Edwards
Enquirer staff writer

LEBANON - The longtime minister of a Baptist church and former Maineville council member was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for molesting seven children in his care.

Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge James Flannery also labeled Claude Steven Harmon, 48, a sexual predator.

That means Harmon must register his address with the sheriff's office where he lives upon release from prison and every 30 days for the rest of his life.

Harmon's sentencing came after he pleaded guilty earlier Tuesday to 10 counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition for molesting the children over the 12 years he served as pastor at Maineville Baptist Church, prosecutors said.

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