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Friday, January 05, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor sentenced to 7 years for molestation

Tavares FL. - A Pastor who repeatedly molested a parishioner's grandson was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Douglas Myers, 57, the former pastor of Triangle Community Church in Eustis, listened impassively, his head bowed, as a prosecutor read a letter from the boy's mom.

"You believe in God?" the letter demanded. "How, then, in God's eyes, could you do this?"

Myers pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious molestation.

Court records show he had sexual contact with the boy, then 13, during a six-month period in the youth's grandmother's home.

Myers befriended the boy, now in high school, by driving him to school, taking him to Walt Disney World and giving him money.

Myers had been a clergyman for 30 years.