Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Preacher charged with sex crimes

Albany, New York -- Stanley Luther Jones, of Albany, is a traveling minister. He goes from town to town preaching at revivals and other events. But he's now accused of abusing his power and molesting children.

Sheriff's Deputies accompanied Investigators with the Dougherty County District Attorney's office to an apartment on Habersham Road. Inside, they would find, 36-year old Stanley Luther Jones.

Assistant District Attorney, Christopher Cohilas says, "Mr. Jones is a traveling Minister. Apparently he travels all over the Southeast visiting different churches and revivals."

Not anymore. Jones is now in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with three counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Cohilas says, "Those three counts of aggravated child molestation, represent three different victims, that a three month investigation indicated that he had victimized for a very extended period of time."

Jones formerly was minister at Albany Worship Center, Church of God in Christ, a Church of God where he is accused of abusing his power. He's charged with having a young girl perform oral sex on him while inside.

"Children are so innocent, because they're quite often vulnerable to people that are in positions of power. They can be very easily taken advantage of, so it's always despicable to see someone do that," says Cohilas. And he hopes Jones' arrest will allow other children to be spared the same fate.

Prosecutors believe there may be more victims. If you have any information, contact the Dougherty County District Attorney's office.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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