A former church deacon who fathered a child with a young parishoner was sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping that girl and another.

As one of his victims watched from the gallery, Edward Brown Jr., 39, asked for forgiveness "for all I have done to her - to all of you who put your trust in me."Kristina Berry, who was 6 when Brown first started molesting her, had little sympathy. "If I were him, I would not be concerned with what the court's done for him; I'd be concerned about what punishment God has for him," she said.

Berry said she was raped several times by Brown and became pregnant in 1994 at age 14. She hid the pregnancy and gave birth alone in her room. When the baby died a short time later, she threw away the body, which has never been found.