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Posted August 21. 2013 1:10PM

NH Supreme Court rejects new trial for high-profile church rape case

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Ernest Willis 

Ernest Willis was convicted in May 2011 of raping the girl in 1997. His lawyer argued that statements he made to the pastor of the fundamentalist Trinity Baptist Church should not have been used against him. But prosecutors countered that Willis' statements were not protected by religious privilege because they involved the sexual abuse of a child.