Former Baptist minister faces 22 counts of sex crimes in Maryland

Former Baptist minister faces 22 counts of sex crimes in Maryland

Marty Madden, reporting for the Bay Net, says that the defense lawyer representing
a former Baptist minister against
child sex abuse charges has said no to the prosecutor’s offer to plead guilty to a portion
of those charges (the prosecutor wants him to plead guilty to five out
of the 22 counts).

The deck seems somewhat stacked against the former Baptist minister –
having been convicted of similar sex offenses in Florida and having been
required to be registered as a sex offender as a result – but saying
no to the prosecutor likely brings them closer to trial, at which point
he’ll try his chances in front of a Maryland jury.

The 63-year-old man has been charged with a variety of crimes, all of them
sex offenses, alleged to have been perpetrated over a five year period
(1995-2000), presumably while he was performing his duties as a Baptist
minister. The number of counts indicates that he faces significant time
behind bars if he is convicted, even if he takes a plea deal, like the
one offered by the prosecutor, which might explain why his defense attorney
turned the offer down.

Source: Registered Sex Offender Rejects Plea Deal