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Former Kansas City pastor pleads guilty to child molestation

Updated: 2014-02-21T02:52:58Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

A former pastor at a Kansas City church pleaded guilty Thursday to child molestation and sexual misconduct with a child.

George L. Spencer, 59, agreed to sentences totaling seven years for groping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl in February 2012.

Spencer was an associate pastor at Greater Works CME Church in south Kansas City. He took the girl to his office in the church while her mother and grandmother were attending Bible study upstairs.

The girl said Spencer groped her and made her take off her shirt and bra, according to court documents. He put his hands down her pants, sodomized her with his finger and exposed his genitals, the documents said. Spencer told the girl that he could get in a lot of trouble for his actions.

The girl’s family said she was shaken when she came back upstairs and later began screaming, crying and throwing up.

The next day, after learning of the incident, the senior pastor at the church told Spencer to turn in his keys and not return.

Later that morning, Spencer was in a car accident that members of his family said may have been an attempt at suicide.

Spencer was arrested in March last year in New Orleans and extradited to Missouri.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send e-mail to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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