Friday, December 10, 2010

Minister charged
Retired minister charged in sexual abuse of boy
Posted: Dec 09, 2010 8:36 PM
Updated: Dec 09, 2010 8:36 PM
12 News AnywhereGet breaking news emailsBecome a fan on FacebookFollow us on TwitterGet alerts on your computer desktopGet on you cell phoneGENEVA, Ala. (AP) - South Alabama police have charged a 74-year-old retired minister with molesting a teenage boy from Florida.

Geneva police Lt. Ricky Morgan said that Edward Earl Davis has been charged with felony second-degree sodomy. Morgan said the charge comes after a monthlong investigation into allegations that Davis sexually abused the boy.

Morgan said Davis met the boy at church in Holmes County, Fla., and then "lured him in and befriended him." Morgan said the alleged abuse happened in both Florida and Alabama.

Authorities say Davis is being held at the Geneva County jail on $25,000 bond after he turned himself in Tuesday. Morgan said Davis retired from the ministry five years ago.

It was unclear whether Davis had an attorney. A listed phone number could not be found for the retired minister.

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