Former youth pastor Timothy Edmonds was sentenced to 10- to 20-years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenaged girl.
According to the linked article, Edmonds allegedly pleaded for leniency and asked for a statement made to his probation officer to be stricken from the records. Edmonds supposedly not only told his probation officer that he did have sexual contact with the girl, pre-court records also indicate he gave substantive detail about this sexual contact. In court, Edmonds stated he only admitted to having sex with the girl to receive a sex offender evaluation which he felt would prove he would not commit such an act at a later date with another victim.
I know there are many supporters of Edmonds who believe he is innocent. However, if he is innocent he has successfully proven my point made in the article He’s Innocent! He Just Pled Guilty Because…. If a pastor lies about his innocence he must be considered and treated as if he were guilty. If nothing else, this is the just consequences of the lie and the other considerations mentioned in the article.
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