56 year old Pastor Reuben Chizor, a Queens, New York based Nigerian Pastor was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for molesting two girls in the basement of his church. Reuben Chizor’s victims were 12- and 14-year-old sisters and members of his Hope Restoration Ministries congregation in Queens Village.
“The defendant took advantage of his position as a man of the cloth and the trust placed in him by his followers to satisfy his depraved desires. Through manipulation and conniving control, he saxually abused his two young victims for nearly two years,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “What the defendant forced his victims to endure was horrendous — and as punishment he now will be spending a lengthy term behind bars.”
Trial testimony last month reportedly revealed that on July 27, 2011, Chizor took the 14-year-old victim to the church basement, where he lived, and molested her. On Aug. 22, 2011, he molested the 12-year-old.
Pastor Reuben Chizor, 56, continued abusing one or both of the girls through May 2013, Brown said.
In July 2015, the girls confided in each other they’d been molested by Chizor, and police were notified.
Efforts to reach Pastor Reuben Chizor and his attorney were unsuccessful. A message left at the church was not returned.