Dale Giffin, former pastor, cuts deal to avoid prison time on assault charges

YOUNGSTOWN — A former pastor accused of rape has cut a deal avoiding prison time, but he could not avoid a searing lecture from the woman who says he abused her.

Dale Giffin, 60, of Topaz Circle, Canfield, under an agreement with county prosecutors, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of assault. Giffin was initially indicted on six counts of rape by a Mahoning County grand jury in February.

Giffin was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg. He served as pastor of the 2,327-member Cornersburg church for nearly 30 years until he resigned from that post and from the ministry last November.

The charges stem from allegations of rape brought forward in August 2008 by a former member of the church. The indictment accused Giffin of raping the woman while she was a young adult parishioner between 1993 and 1996.

For the complete story, see Friday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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