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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : A woman today told investigators she, too, had a sexual relationship with the assistant pastor of a Mahwah church, beginning when she was 12 and lasting past her 16th birthday.

The woman came forward following reports that Curtis Franklin was charged with having intercourse six years ago with a 15-year-old, said Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. Although the alleged victims considered the sex consensual, both were too young to be in bed with an adult — much less one more than twice their ages.

Franklin, 44, is now married to the pastor’s daughter.

Back then, he was a volunteer to the youth ministry at the Mahwah Full Gospel Church in Mahwah, the prosecutor said.

Additional charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and child endangerment were added against him today.

Franklin is still being held by Mahwah police after a judge this afternoon doubled his bail to $150,000.

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