Friday, June 24, 2016

UPDATED::Church making changes after employees' sex crimes |

UPDATE:: Youth pastor facing molestation charges also charged in south Georgia
11Alive News has learned a Marietta youth pastor accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy was charged in another incident near Albany, Ga., three years ago.

But Alexander Edwards’ case was never prosecuted there until recently.

11Alive News is looking into how a serious felony charged involving sexual abuse of children could fall through the cracks.

The District Attorney in Lee County says he has a backlog of cases and this one has not been a priority until recently, when they found out about the Cobb County charges.
A Marietta church is making some big changes after two employees were jailed for sex-related crimes in the past several months.

John Samuel Stafford, 53, is currently in the Cobb County jail on charges of sexual battery for allegedly molesting a teenage girl.  The pastor of Eastside Baptist church, John Hull, said Stafford worked part-time as a janitor for the large house of worship on and off for years.

News of Stafford's arrest comes on the heels of a disturbing case in April in which 25-year-old youth Minister Alexander Edwards was arrested for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old boy.  Edwards was also arrested on obscenity charges back in 2013 while working as a youth minister in Albany, Ga.

Church making changes after employees' sex crimes |

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