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Former pastor pleads to 3 sexual abuse counts

Former pastor pleads to 3 sexual abuse counts

April 19, 2022

FLORENCE — A former local pastor who was set for trial this week in Lauderdale County instead has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, authorities said.
John Martin, 44, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said.
Martin received a 10-year sentence, which was split so that he will serve two years per count for a total of six years, Connolly said.
In addition, he still faces a similar charge, Connolly said.
Martin resigned from Lighthouse Baptist Church in 2019.

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