Preacher pleads guilty to sodomizing boys; serving no time

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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
 

waggy

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and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
 

KLin

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Originally posted by: waggy
and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
Don't forget the repenting part(changing your ways.)
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: waggy
and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
Don't forget the repenting part(changing your ways.)
meh. he can wait until his death bed for that. its all good
 
Jun 26, 2007
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Originally posted by: George P Burdell
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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
It's been the same way since the 1940's only difference is that when they HAD to admit it they had to move, there are many, many repeat offenders that were known about for more than one decade.

There is no excuse, there is no amount of money to make up for the hypocracy, and these predators should NOT be above the law.

They should be dealt with in the way the bible describes, stone the motherfuckers to death.

And accepting Jesus as your saviour is quite enough to get you into heaven, you don't have to change your ways, that is evangelical speech and it's NOT from the bible.
 

Greyd

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Originally posted by: JohnOfSheffield
Originally posted by: George P Burdell
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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
It's been the same way since the 1940's only difference is that when they HAD to admit it they had to move, there are many, many repeat offenders that were known about for more than one decade.

There is no excuse, there is no amount of money to make up for the hypocracy, and these predators should NOT be above the law.

They should be dealt with in the way the bible describes, stone the motherfuckers to death.

And accepting Jesus as your saviour is quite enough to get you into heaven, you don't have to change your ways, that is evangelical speech and it's NOT from the bible.
Uhhh...there's plenty of talk about motives and the heart behind what you do. That the ritual actions themselves are not enough and that true heart motives and character are what is judged.
 

Ruptga

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Originally posted by: waggy
and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
You're overlooking something, he's unordained, meaning they let him help out and figured him to be a good guy, but he was never trained or put under the same scrutiny as normal preachers.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: ADDAvenger
Originally posted by: waggy
and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
You're overlooking something, he's unordained, meaning they let him help out and figured him to be a good guy, but he was never trained or put under the same scrutiny as normal preachers.
yeap that makes it ok!
 

Ruptga

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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: ADDAvenger
Originally posted by: waggy
and all he has to do is beg forgiveness and he gets to go to heaven too!
You're overlooking something, he's unordained, meaning they let him help out and figured him to be a good guy, but he was never trained or put under the same scrutiny as normal preachers.
yeap that makes it ok!
It definately doesn't, the point is that you shouldn't think of this guy the same way you'd think of a pastor/reverend, since that's not what he was. He probably seemed to be an upstanding guy that liked to help out and was enthusiastic, so they let him help.

edit: spelling
 
Jun 26, 2007
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Originally posted by: Greyd
Originally posted by: JohnOfSheffield
Originally posted by: George P Burdell
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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
It's been the same way since the 1940's only difference is that when they HAD to admit it they had to move, there are many, many repeat offenders that were known about for more than one decade.

There is no excuse, there is no amount of money to make up for the hypocracy, and these predators should NOT be above the law.

They should be dealt with in the way the bible describes, stone the motherfuckers to death.

And accepting Jesus as your saviour is quite enough to get you into heaven, you don't have to change your ways, that is evangelical speech and it's NOT from the bible.
Uhhh...there's plenty of talk about motives and the heart behind what you do. That the ritual actions themselves are not enough and that true heart motives and character are what is judged.
From the old testament and from Paul, a man that never even met Jesus, from Jesus comes the words "accept me as your saviour and you shall be saved" and that is what Christianity is about, you can't claim to be Christian and take someone elses word than Christs for how you'll be saved now can you?

If you do and put the churches words over those of the Christ then you are not a Christian in any sense of the world and if the Christ would appear today he would turn his back unto you. (funny thing, look that up in your bible).

Me, i really don't give a feck, i'm an atheist who is a scholar in Christianity in Ireland, they hated me so much they wanted to blow me up so don't feel bad if you dislike me too. ;)
 
Jun 26, 2007
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Originally posted by: Greyd
Originally posted by: JohnOfSheffield
Originally posted by: George P Burdell
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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
It's been the same way since the 1940's only difference is that when they HAD to admit it they had to move, there are many, many repeat offenders that were known about for more than one decade.

There is no excuse, there is no amount of money to make up for the hypocracy, and these predators should NOT be above the law.

They should be dealt with in the way the bible describes, stone the motherfuckers to death.

And accepting Jesus as your saviour is quite enough to get you into heaven, you don't have to change your ways, that is evangelical speech and it's NOT from the bible.
Uhhh...there's plenty of talk about motives and the heart behind what you do. That the ritual actions themselves are not enough and that true heart motives and character are what is judged.
Jehovas? Jewish? Muslim? whatever that comes from it is not from Christianity, there are no ritual actions, just the love of your own true saviour, some later evangelists have claimed that you must better your ways to be accepted... but lets face the truth.

NONE of them follow the bible, they pick and choose what is most economically feasible and will appeal to most people at one time.

It's gone so far that Christianity now is nothing more than a Coke Commercial for the lord.

And these twits claim moral superiourity on their ground of faith? They might like to think they have faith but true faith comes from within (take a look at your bible) there is no need to teach your kids, they will already know (again, look in your bible).

It's rubbush.
 

Goosemaster

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To speak for a god is ignorance indeed.

That said, I am hard pressed to agree that such a beast as that minister deserves to walk amongst his neighbors.

No man is perfect by some definitions, but to keep someone around such as that seems damaging to the whole.
 

Hacp

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So Paris Hilton gets more jail time than a sex offender? Only in the good ole USA.
 

Ricochet

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:|:(

The damages done to the kids are irreparable I'm afraid. I have a friend who was molested by his Catholic priest. The deep seated emotional distress had such an adverse effect on his life. It took him a long time before he could have a normal romantic relationship with a woman.
 

Greyd

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Originally posted by: JohnOfSheffield
Originally posted by: Greyd
Originally posted by: JohnOfSheffield
Originally posted by: George P Burdell
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An unordained preacher who pleaded guilty today to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three of his adopted children will not serve any time in prison.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Love, 51, of 3202 Overhill St., pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial today. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.


The boys were adopted in the 1990s shortly before Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources, officials said.

The boys now are 13, 14 and 16.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer told Circuit Judge Karen Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he was contacted by school officials in 2003 after one of the boys told a counselor Love had molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006, Sharp said.

Love is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group, Sharp said.

Palmer said Love molested one of the boys after DHR had removed the child from Love's home.
The prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys from having to testify against Love, Palmer said. The number of males who report being victims of sexual molestation is very low, she said, because of the stigma and trauma.

"They are juveniles and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again," Palmer said.

Love and his wife ducked out of the courtroom and down a stairway after the sentencing. He did not offer any statement to the victims or show any remorse in the courtroom.

Steven K. Aldridge and Alan Davis, Love's lawyers, said they believe their client made the right decision by accepting the plea agreement.

"Mr. Love was in a very serious situation," said Aldridge, an attorney from Florence. "He was accused by three separate children. After looking at the evidence, the prosecution was going to bring against him, he thought accepting the plea would be in his best interest."

While on probation, Love must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
It's been the same way since the 1940's only difference is that when they HAD to admit it they had to move, there are many, many repeat offenders that were known about for more than one decade.

There is no excuse, there is no amount of money to make up for the hypocracy, and these predators should NOT be above the law.

They should be dealt with in the way the bible describes, stone the motherfuckers to death.

And accepting Jesus as your saviour is quite enough to get you into heaven, you don't have to change your ways, that is evangelical speech and it's NOT from the bible.
Uhhh...there's plenty of talk about motives and the heart behind what you do. That the ritual actions themselves are not enough and that true heart motives and character are what is judged.
From the old testament and from Paul, a man that never even met Jesus, from Jesus comes the words "accept me as your saviour and you shall be saved" and that is what Christianity is about, you can't claim to be Christian and take someone elses word than Christs for how you'll be saved now can you?

If you do and put the churches words over those of the Christ then you are not a Christian in any sense of the world and if the Christ would appear today he would turn his back unto you. (funny thing, look that up in your bible).

Me, i really don't give a feck, i'm an atheist who is a scholar in Christianity in Ireland, they hated me so much they wanted to blow me up so don't feel bad if you dislike me too. ;)
Ummmm...wha???? There are numerous passages in the Old Testament and New that talk about the heart and motives for what you do. Saul was rejected by God because his heart wasn't right before God.

Read the book of Romans, Paul regularly talks about the major differences between simply following religious law vs. the true heart of Christians. That's a HUGE theme for the book of Romans. Even secular theologians know this.

Jesus regularly bashed and judged the Pharisees because they simply followed the rituals and practices but had no genuine heart behind what they did. There are MANY times that Jesus talks about sin/action vs. what is in the heart. There are even Jewish scholars today who study some of Jesus' teachings because he emphasizes the difference between exterior religious observance and internal religious conviction.

I'm not really sure where you are getting your theology from - but these are the basics of evangelical theology. Secular theologians would confirm this even if they didn't agree with it.

By the way, I don't dislike or hate you, I don't even know you - but I think you need to recheck where you get your understanding of evangelical theology from.
 

Safeway

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What the fuck is going on with that? The fact that he got off without prison time makes me sick.
 

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