Testimony resumes in 1997 NH church rape case

May 24, 2011 - 10:43 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a woman who says she was raped and impregnated by a fellow New Hampshire church member at age 15 says her daughter didn't want her to call police.

Christine Leaf made the comments Tuesday during the trial of 51-year-old Gary Willis of Gilford.

Last week Willis pleaded guilty to one count of having sex with the now 29-year-old victim. He maintains the sex was consensual, but admits the girl was too young to consent. He is now being tried on additional counts of forcible rape.

The victim has said her pastor at Trinity Baptist Church arranged for her to live in Colorado and put her baby up for adoption.

Leaf says her daughter never told her Willis forced himself on her, or she would have called police.