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Convicted Lubbock pastor denied appeal; 10 year sentence stands

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock pastor that appealed his sentence of 10 years on a charge of importing an alien for immoral purposes, has been denied.

57-year-old James Cornell Clark was sentenced in 2007, accused of bringing a woman from Kenya to the U.S. to be his sex slave. On Thursday, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction.

Clark's attorney had argued that the term "immoral purposes" is unconstitutionally vague.

Prosecutors say that Clark, who was a minister at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Lubbock, met his victim in 2005 and arranged for her to travel to Texas. The victim was enrolled at South Plains College in Levelland. Prosecutors also say that Clark frequently threatened to have her deported if she didn't have sex with him.

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