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Former Duluth pastor sentenced to prison

DULUTH, MN — A former Duluth pastor will spend more than 11 years behind bars for sexually assaulting two girls.

40-year-old Ellis Simmons learned his fate in St. Louis County Court Tuesday. Monday, he plead guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

In 2002, when the first victim was 13, she told police Simmons sexually assaulted her twice. Then, in 2005, the second victim came forward and said Simmons sexually assaulted her while he was babysitting her.

Police say Simmons has already served time for multiple sex offenses in Illinois.

Briggs LeSavage

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