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N.C. pastor sentenced to 100 years in sex abuse case

Posted September 6, 2008
Updated September 7, 2008

— A 40-year-old pastor has been sentenced to 100 years in prison after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving two teen boys who say he abused them over a two-year period.

During Friday's sentencing, Judge Stuart Albright admonished Rodney Keith Boothe for using his church to gain the trust of the boys. Albright said in one case, Boothe was in the role of parent of the boy who had no one else.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Boothe and both teenagers were members of Greater Church of Deliverance when the assaults occurred from 2005 to 2007.

The younger boy said he was 13 and 14 when the sex acts happened. The older boy testified last week that sex acts against him began when he was 15 and stopped when he was 17.

Authorities arrested Boothe in Raleigh in June. It was unclear why he was in Raleigh.

Boothe was charged with passing worthless checks in New Hanover County six times from 1999-2003, officials said.

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  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Sep 9, 2008

    I'm still praying for you Booth and everyone involved. This is very sad. God is still yet forgiving and I pray for the young mens lives--that they heal and are able to move past this.

  • haggis basher Sep 8, 2008

    Churches are an ideal hunting ground for his kind. A large population of naive folk who feel the need to be told what to do. You just have to have faith....that I won't molest your child, take your money and promise things that I never need to deliver on.

  • pebbles262004 Sep 8, 2008

    goes to show you can not really trust no one with your kids at all

  • TheAdmiral Sep 8, 2008

    "The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Boothe and both teenagers were members of Greater Church of Deliverance when the assaults occurred from 2005 to 2007."

    Wow - Look at that - he wasn't Catholic. Just imagine blowing away that stereotype.

    Just goes to prove that there are some folks who's sexual preference or orientation is for youth.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 8, 2008

    I believe he got a fair sentence. Parents know at all times why and who your underage child is hanging around with. Don't allow your child to be in danger regardless who you think the person is and thought of. He/she is your child and it is up to you to highly protect them.