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October 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Sentencing postponed for Seattle minister in child-sex case

Sentencing has been postponed for a Seattle minister and musician who pleaded guilty to nearly two dozen charges involving the sexual abuse of young boys.

Timothy L. Dampier, 39, abused 10 boys between 1997 and 2011, some members of his congregation, others members of youth programs he played a role in, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

After pleading guilty to 22 charges last month, Dampier was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday, but the sentencing has been rescheduled for Nov. 16, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors plan to recommend a 22-year sentence.

Dampier pleaded guilty to charges that include first- and second-degree rape of a child; first-, second- and third-degree child molestation; sexual exploitation of a minor; and possession of child pornography.

Dampier has served as a foster parent and worked at the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club, according to court documents. Seattle police say he once worked at Samuel House, a group home in Kent, and the Union Gospel Mission.

Dampier came under investigation by Seattle police after one of his alleged victims came forward in April 2011 and told police Dampier had started sexually molesting him when he was 10 and continued for three years, until 2002. The man, now an adult, told police the molestation occurred in Dampier’s van after church functions throughout King County, authorities said.

Other alleged victims and witnesses came forward during the investigation, according to court documents. Dampier was charged in May 2011.

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