Ex-Ga. pas­tor sen­tenced for sex with 12-year-old

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A for­mer min­is­ter ac­cused of hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a 12-year-old girl while serv­ing as her fam­ily’s spir­i­tual ad­viser has been given a 15-year sen­tence.

The Ledger-En­quirer of Columbus (http://bit.ly/1iMnOP6) re­ports 47-year-old Brad­ford Ford was sen­tenced Thurs­day and is or­dered to serve eight years of his term in prison.

Ford was ini­tially charged with ag­gra­vated child mo­lesta­tion but pleaded guilty to statu­tory rape and en­tic­ing a child for indecent pur­poses.

Au­thor­i­ties say Ford sent the girl in­ti­mate text mes­sages to a cell­phone he bought her and had sex with her in Columbus and at a Phenix City, Alabama mo­tel.

Of­fi­cials say Ford’s wife saw some of the mes­sages and the girl even­tu­ally told her mother about their re­la­tion­ship.

AP Photo/Kam­ran Jebreili

In this Sun­day, June 15, 2014 photo, a la­borer sleeps with his hard hat on dur­ing his mid­day break at the Dragon Mart Phase 2 con­struc­tion site in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates. A mid­day work ban goes into ef­fect across the United Arab Emi­rates for con­struc­tion work­ers and out­door la­bor­ers, on Sun­day, to pro­tect them from the risks of di­rect sun­light and ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the hottest sum­mer months.

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