November 17, 2005

Church elder convicted of raping sisters in congregation



Associated Press

A Jehovah's Witnesses elder was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for raping two sisters in his congregation.

Oscar Omar Osorto Sr., 47, of Liberty was convicted and sentenced Wednesday for sexual assault charges including statutory rape and attempted rape of a child.

Osorto abused the girls, now 16 and 17, from 2000 to 2004, telling their mother he would take them out to eat, but then raping them in the Siler City congregation's Kingdom Hall, his car and possibly other places, prosecutors said .

A third sister also accused Osorto of abuse, but no charges were filed.

Osorto was removed from the congregation after the allegations were made.

Posted by kshaw at November 17, 2005 11:35 AM