Crime

Minister sentenced for child sex abuse

While an Alabama Baptist church endures an abuse scandal, another in Mississippi accused in the past of harboring a predator will host a conference aimed at prevention.

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Union University murder suspect gets mental evaluation

An attorney representing Charles Pittman, 21, accused of murdering his girlfriend last month, says the procedure is common in cases involving first-degree murder.

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Facebook helps police nab Baptist preacher

Police in Kentucky say social media helped identify a man accused of indecent exposure as a Southern Baptist pastor who was shopping with his 7-year-old son.

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Former youth pastor pleads to child porn charge

Joseph Todd Neill, former youth pastor at a Baptist church in Shelbyville, Tenn., was originally arrested on moral charges involving a 17-year-old girl. During investigation, police reportedly found child pornography on his cell phone, leading to federal charges.

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Alleged abuse by children’s minister headed for grand jury

Jeff Eddie, longtime associate pastor for children and church administration at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., faces multiple charges of sexually abusing a child.

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Union University student charged with murder

Police say 21-year-old Charles Pittman fatally shot his fiancée and fellow student, Olivia Greenlee, and then staged the scene to make it look like a suicide.

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Former youth pastor gets 12 years for sexting teen he met through church

Joshua Earls’ younger brother also faces felony charges alleging sexual misconduct with youth at Arapaho Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.

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Shahan murder case headed to grand jury

An Alabama Baptist minister charged with killing his wife waived a preliminary hearing Feb. 5.

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Children’s minister charged with abuse

Jeffrey Dale Eddie, longtime children’s minister at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., is charged with multiple sex crimes against children placed in his care.

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Peeping preacher’s prison sentence stands

A judge has refused to shorten prison time for a popular youth evangelist convicted of planting hidden cameras to spy on women he knew while they used bathrooms at private homes in Arkansas and Mississippi.

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