Pastor’s wife given 10 days in child molestation case

By Joe Beck

The wife of a former area pastor has been sentenced in Page County Circuit Court to 10 days in jail in a child molestation case in which her husband was sentenced to six years in prison.

Judge Bruce Albertson sentenced Margaret Daley about a month after he sentenced James Daley, 72, on one count of aggravated sexual battery of a child less than 13 years old and five counts of indecent liberties with a child, all offenses committed against the same victim.

The Daleys operated a day care center from their Luray home, the site of the offenses. James Daley was also a pastor at Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Luray at the time he committed the offenses. He was a pastor at Lebanon Lutheran Church in Shenandoah County for a period in the 1980s.

Margaret Daley was convicted and sentenced under a provision of the law making it a crime to contribute to the delinquency of a minor. A related felony charge against her was dropped earlier this year when Albertson ruled that part of the law, as applied to her case, was vague, unenforceable and unconstitutional.

Court documents say that the victim in the case told Margaret Daley in September 2012 that James Daley had touched her breast area under her shirt.

The prosecution accused Daley of refusing to tell the girl’s parents or law enforcement officials about James Daley’s actions.

Margaret Daley’s previous time in jail will count toward part of her sentence and allow her to serve only five of the 10-day sentence. The sentence also includes one-year probation and a total jail sentence of six months, all but 10 days of which were suspended.

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