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Former minister gets life in prison for molesting boy

SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - A former central Wisconsin minister has been sentenced to life in prison plus 50 years for molesting a relative.  

A Monroe County jury convicted 66-year-old Michael Delaney of repeated child sexual assault and child enticement, for molesting a grandson in 2007 and '08. The boy was 13 at the time.  

Authorities said Delaney threatened to tell people that the child was gay if ever spoke out about the abuse. The youngster came forward in 2011.  

Delaney was also convicted of child sex abuse in Arizona in 1983. Because of that, he was sentenced under Wisconsin's "Two Strikes and You're Out" law, which requires mandatory life in prison with no chance for a supervised release for a second child sex conviction.  

The extra 50 years were for five convictions of child enticement.

Delaney retired as a minister from the Church of God of Prophecy at Necedah in Juneau County. He was also given two years of probation after pleading no contest to an earlier perjury. A count of false swearing was dropped.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)