Bronx pastor accused of rape, impregnating 12-year-old in court

A Bronx pastor charged with raping and impregnating 12-year-old girl from his flock faced a pre-trial hearing in court today.

Michael Clare, 38, allegedly raped the victim repeatedly over three years. Authorities found out about the alleged incidents after the girl, who is now 15, told her parents.

Clare is married and was a leader of the Harvest Worship Center and principal of the associated Harvest Prep school.

Clare recently turned down a plea deal for the case. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree rape.

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