A popular Congolese Pastor of Parole de Vie evangelical church in Quebec, Canada, Paul Mukendi, has been found guilty of a 9-count charge of sexual assault.
The pastor was accused by a 31-year-old woman who was under his care after her mother “gave her as an offering” to him when she was still an under-aged teenager.
The woman accused the pastor of sexually assaulting her for 14 years (2002 to 2016).
Pastor Paul Mukendi had claimed that the victim is “motivated by financial gain” and fabricated the entire story, but she stood her ground as the trial began on June 4.
The Congolese pastor was, however, found guilty by the Jury, as other women came forward with their own claims about being sexually abused, MSN reports.
Judge Jean-François Émond in ruling denied his lawyer’s request for him to be released pending his sentencing in September.
He further instructed for immediate detention of the pastor.