Former police chaplain convicted of having sex with teen girls

MEDINA, Ohio - A former police chaplain could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for having sex with girls younger than 15.

Leonard Robertson, 45, who was dismissed in November from the Medina Police Department after six months in the volunteer position, pleaded guilty Friday to 54 counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempted gross sexual imposition.

"You can't stand up and talk on Sundays and then go home and do something like this," Medina Police Chief Dennis Hanwell said. "It's quite contradictory."

Police officials had no records of calling Robertson to service as a police chaplain in about seven months in the post.

Robertson also served for a time as an associate minister at Medina Alliance Fellowship, authorities said. He was leading Prepare the Way Community Church when he was arrested.

Prosecutors said Robertson had sexual contact with four girls since 2002. His attorney, Jay Milano, said Robertson acknowledged that he committed "a substantial part of the indictment."

Faced with a trial to start Monday, Robertson did not want to force the victims to testify, Milano said.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 12 in Medina County Common Pleas Court, in this city about 30 miles south of Cleveland.

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