Former pastor convicted of sex assault

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June 13, 2012 5:58:10 AM PDT
A former pastor of a Plainfield church faces up to 30 years in prison after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting two girls.

Jurors in Elizabeth on Tuesday also found George Benbow guilty of child endangerment in four of five cases. The panel acquitted Benbow of sexually assaulting two other girls and attempting to sexually assault a third.

The girls, who ranged in ages between 9 and 13, were either campers, counselors or babysitters at Christian Fellowship Gospel Church. The girls testified the 59-year-old would have them sit on his lap and he would rub up against them.

Benbow founded the church in 1981. It closed after his arrest in 2008.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 31.

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