Baptist pastor Terrance King was sentenced to 30 years in prison for statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. King will be an old man when he gets out, but not old enough.
King, who was the pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for about three years, took the then-15-year-old ninth-grader to a Perry hotel Nov. 13, 2012, and had sex with her.
Superior Court Judge Edward D. Lukemire also sentenced King to life on probation after he’s released from prison. The judge also banished King from Houston County and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or her family, even if King later chose to write a letter of apology.
Source: Former Hawkinsville pastor sentenced to 30 years for having sex with teen - reported December, 2013.
The case is typical of Baptist abuse, and nauseating. I love the way King’s lawyer, Nick White begged…
Public defender Nick White, who represented King, sought the minimum sentence the judge would be willing to consider. White noted that King’s actions were horrible and that he did take advantage of his position. But King also had no prior felony record and there were no allegations of other victims, White said.
“I ask you to take mercy on him,” White implored the judge.
The case should be viewed by a different standard. King was a leader in his community and should be held to a higher standard. His crime is a complete violation of trust. No mercy allowed.