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Saturday, August 20, 2005                                                                                       View Comments

Former pastor convicted on sex charges

PAXTON, Ill. A Ford County jury convicted a former Gibson City minister yesterday on two counts of criminal sexual assault.

The Reverend Danny Hill, former pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gibson City, was accused of molesting a woman for more than six years.

The 54-year-old Hill faces from four to 15 years in prison and up to a 25-thousand-dollar fine for each count when he is sentenced next month.

Jurors heard recordings police made of telephone calls between Hill and the victim, who is now 22. In the calls, she confronted Hill and he appeared to admit his guilt.

The woman testified that Hill had sexually molested her two to three times a week from the time she was 14 until last year.