Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Minister wants to withdraw plea in sex case

Clifford Jones has had enough. As a pastor he finds it inconvenient to wear the title of registered sex offender. 11 years have passed, now he wants to change his plea. Let's not forget he was convicted of having oral sex with a 15 year old girl.  I hope the judge says no.

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - The attorney for a minister convicted of a child sex charge 11 years ago says he wants to withdraw his plea. Clifton Jones Senior, a registered sex offender and bishop of Agape Love Ministries in Sandusky, entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit committing a crime but conceded prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. The case against 51-year-old involved a 1995 incident in which a 15-year-old girl told police she had consensual oral sex with the pastor in a Norwalk hotel room. He was convicted of attempted corruption of a minor. But a motion filed Friday in Huron County Common Please Court says there were problems with the case, including prosecutors who failed to present the court with a sworn statement by the girl.


Carolyn Ann said...

Who says Senators provide no inspiration or leadership! :-)

There's a remarkable similarity between Craig's defense and this guys.

Can you imagine: every sex-offender in that same circumstance will be vying for a change of verdict. Even though Craig's "guilty" plea wasn't rescinded...

Fools and idiots and sex-offenders the world: worship Larry Craig! You have nothing to lose. Not even your sex-offender tag...

That's scary. I hope he loses his appeal.
Carolyn Ann

Anonymous said...

I hope he wins his appeal. If he was innocent, and forced to accept that plea, he should have his day in court. If he is guilty, he will be punished with the original charge.

So why not, I ask you?

The justice system in this country, especially when it comes to sex accusations, is corrupt and evil.

Where is the sworn testimony of this accuser? Why was he not allowed to face his accuser in court?

I hope if YOU are ever accused of something YOU are allowed a fair trial, and YOU are allowed an appeal.

Whenever you see the words 'Alford Plea' beware - if they had evidence to convict, why didnt' they?

Read about the town of Wenatchee WA, and the innocent people forced to accept that horrible plea to be spared years of prison rape.

Men and Women, both, Carolyn Ann.

Men and women, both.

Anonymous said...

Guilty or innocent. It's water under the bridge. Let's forgive and move on. And of there is any more decadent behavior, then punish accordingly!