This was in our news today....Autauga county is just above Montgomery, Ala.

by oppgirl63 5 Replies latest jw friends

  • oppgirl63

    Autauga County Church Elder Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse

    Dec 5, 2006 10:34 PM CST

    A church elder has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his niece. Roberto Soto Colon admitted touching his niece, Teresa Rivera Ward, inappropriately more than 25 years ago causing her emotional pain and yesterday's plea almost assures prison time.

    64-year-old Colon was an elder in the Prattville congregation of the Jehovah Witnesses at the time the abuse occurred. A one-year jail sentence is likely. Colon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in place of a jury trial, where he could have received more than eight years in state prison if found guilty.

    Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds accepted the plea and asked Colon to describe what he did to his niece. Colon barely spoke above a whisper as he described events more than 25 years ago. Reynolds dismissed the jurors after all parties agreed to the terms. He set sentencing for February 20, during which time, the district attorney will conduct a pre-sentencing investigation of Colon.

    Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press

  • oppgirl63

    Sorry...DannyHazard beat me to it on the other forum.

  • garybuss

    Thanks for putting this up. I hadn't seen it.

    I wish this victim and all the victims my absolute best.

  • bigmouth

    His surnames the proper term for asshole.

  • mzliz

    bigmouth, that was my first laugh of the day thank you.

  • bigmouth

    I hope you have more than just the one laugh today mzliz :)

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