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Claim: The pastor of the church attended by Senator Hillary Clinton was convicted of child molestation.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2008]
Origins: In February 2008, the Rev. William Procanick, a former pastor in Oneida County, New York, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges related to his "inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl" at his home in
In the typical shorthand of news headlines, the Procanick case was typically referred to in New York-area news sources as involving a "former Clinton pastor" or the "former pastor of Clinton church," a reference to the fact that defendant had served as pastor of a church in the central New York village of Clinton (named for George Clinton, the first governor of the state of New York). Many casual readers mistakenly interpreted these headlines as being references to the pastor of a church attended by Senator Hillary
However, other than the coincidence of having a surname that is also the name of a village in the state she represents in the
Last updated: 13 April 2008
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