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

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