2 men who molested woman invited to Bible study get prison

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Posted: Oct 26, 2015 6:43 PM

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Two men convicted of luring a mentally disabled woman to a home under the pretense of participating in Bible study before taking turns sexually assaulting her have been sentenced to jail.

Edward Woodson was sentenced Friday to 20 years in state prison, and Marcal Campbell was sentenced to 18 years in state prison. Both were convicted of aggravated sex assault charges, and Woodson was also convicted of kidnapping.

The Plainfield residents had denied the crimes.

Prosecutors said the sex assaults occurred at Woodson's home in January 2011. Woodson lured the woman from her home with the Bible study invitation and promised to return her home safely, authorities said.

However, Woodson and Campbell took turns sexually assaulting her in the basement for more than an hour and then kicked her out during a snowstorm early the next day with no cellphone, money or means to get home.

The woman was found hours later and needed medical attention. She quickly reported the attack to authorities, and Woodson and Campbell were arrested a short time later.

Both men will have to serve 85 percent of their terms before they can become eligible for parole. They must also register as sex offenders under Megan's Law and undergo parole supervision for the rest of their lives.