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September 3, 2010
Sacramento County DA: Former church deacon sentenced for molestation

By Bee Staff

A former Cool church deacon was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life for five counts of lewd or lascivious acts with two young sisters under the guise of providing Bible study, according to Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.

clip_image002[1].jpgThe jury than convicted Robert Cowan (photo left) in July also agreed to an enhancement against him, which added to his sentence, Scully said.

Cowan, 66, also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Cowan was a deacon in a large Baptist Church in Cool.

The victims are sisters, ages 7 and 10. Cowan committed the molestations at the victims' Sacramento County home where was supposed to be leading the victims in Bible study, Scully said.

"This case is particularly disturbing given the abuse of trust, power and position by a religious leader," said Deputy District Attorney Kari Reeve. "Today's sentence is justice served for the crimes committed by the offender and for the two young victims."

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