The self appointed pastor of a small southwest Missouri church has been sentenced to two 15 year prison terms for molesting teen parishioners in his church.

50-year-old Randall "Danny" Russell of Neosho pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor last month in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Three women testified against the Acts II preacher's preliminary hearing in June that Russell either raped, molested or sodomized them when they were minors.

One of them said that Russell told her the sex acts were to please God.

As part of the plea agreement prosecutors dropped 18 other sex related charges that Russell was facing.

Russell was sentenced to the two 15 year concurrent (at the same time) terms in McDonald County were the case was moved on a change of venue.

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