Friday, November 11, 2005


Minister pleads guiltyto sexually abusing girl

What's with this "reconcile with the victim"? That's either criminal stalking, or denial in a big way, or both...

Nashville, Tenn. - A former Presbyterian minister has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

The former minister, Thomas Frazier, 67, of Berea, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12.

Frazier pleaded guilty Friday to inappropriately touching a girl on two occasions between October and December last year while she visited him in Berea.

Several of Frazier's family members and friends were at the hearing.

"The Fraziers are trying to do what is best in a difficult situation," said the Rev. Kent Gilbert of Berea's Union Church, where Frazier is a member.

Gilbert said Frazier has been in counseling since before being indicted on June 2 and has been trying to reconcile with the victim, who lives in Indiana.

"I'm impressed with his concern and commitment to doing what is right for the victim," Gilbert said.

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

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