Minister sentenced for raping Tibetan teen

June 3, 1992

WORCESTER, Mass. -- A former Unitarian minister was sentenced to serve at least four years in prison for repeatedly raping a 16-year-old Tibetan girl he brought to the United States on the promise of an education.

Mack Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court to 10 to 20 years in prison, with all but four years suspended.

Mitchell, 56, showed no emotion when Judge Elizabeth Butler imposed the prison sentence as well as 10 years' probation.

Mitchell, for 23 years a minister in Northboro and Westboro, was recently found guilty of raping the Tibetan girl he brought to this country in 1985 when she was just 16.

The victim, now 23 and married, read an emotional statement at Tuesday's sentencing hearing, detailing how Mitchell sexually attacked her over a period of time. Prosecutors told the court she came here expecting an education, 'and what she got was years of forced sex.'

The victim said he 'begged him' to leave her alone.

She said Mitchell was viewed as 'a savior' when he came to the small village in India after her family fled from Tibet to escape Chinese persecution.

Mitchell was taken to Cedar Junction, a maximum-security facility in Walpole.

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