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Former Maryland church youth leader set to be sentenced

Former Maryland church youth leader set to be sentenced

CREATED Aug 14, 2014

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A Las Vegas man convicted of sexually abusing boys while he was a youth leader at a church in Maryland in the 1980s is set to be sentenced.

Nathaniel Morales is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty in May on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of sexual offense. He faces up to 85 years in prison.

Prosecutors have said Morales worked with youth ministries and conducted Bible studies for Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg. He was accused of abusing three boys from 1983 to 1991 at group sleepovers and in their homes.

One of the victims reported the abuse to Montgomery County Police in 2009.