Fifty-six-year-old pastor, Kenneth Blake, who pleaded guilty in July to impregnating a 12-year-old girl three years ago, was today (October 18) sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
The girl, who is now 15 years old gave birth to a baby boy in November 2017.
Blake was sentenced by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams to 12 years imprisonment each for two counts of having sex with a person under 16 years, and five years for sexual touching.
The sentences are to run concurrently, so he will serve 12 years.
Blake who is the pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church on Slipe Road, Kingston was arrested and charged in August 2017.
Blake on several occasions denied the charges, and contended that the complaint was part of an alleged extortion attempt by the girl’s mother.
Blake consented to a DNA test in 2017 and the test results confirmed that Blake fathered the child.
Blake disputed the DNA results, and contended that the test conducted at the government forensic laboratory was tainted.
In April this year, a judge granted an order for Blake to do another DNA test at a private facility at his own expense, and the test proved that Blake was the father of the child.
Blake pleaded guilty to charges of grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16.
The incident took place at Blake’s St. Andrew home, when the girl and her older sister visited Blake.