TORONTO — A pastor who impregnated a woman he terrorized into a sexual relationship by threatening curses was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison.
Justice Edward Belobaba said Rev. Frank Seeko Lawrence “grossly abused his position of trust as her pastor and spiritual healer and threatened her with evil spirits if she didn’t acquiesce to his sexual advances.
“He intentionally had unprotected sex with her because as he said to her, ‘My seed cannot be wasted.’ He clearly intended to make her pregnant and warned her that, ‘If you’re using any birth control, the spirits will know!” the judge said in sentencing Lawrence for sexual acts ranging from fondling to five to 10 incidents of intercourse from April to November 2003.
The woman, now 29, gave birth to Lawrence’s daughter in August 2004. The victim filed for support in Family Court and, in September 2005 after receiving a “threatening phone call from Lawrence,” she phoned Toronto Police, said Belobaba. Lawrence has two children by his ex-wife and nine children by other women in the community.
Court documents revealed that Lawrence has fathered and financially supported 11 children by six women, paying $1,400 a month out of his monthly salary in 2005. Lawrence vowed he “supported all of my children to the best of my ability. I am not in arrears under any court order.”