Former Tower of Power Ministries Pastor Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison on Sex Abuse Charges
Continue Reading: In the second section of this story, clergy abuse lawyer Brian Kent discusses the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by pastors.
A former pastor at Tower of Power Ministries in Steubenville has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and 30 days in jail after being convicted of sexually abusing a young church member who he also lived with.
Everett Mitchell pleaded guilty to 7 counts of sexual battery and imposition against a minor. He also must register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.
The sexual abuse happened between 2006 and 2010, beginning when the now 26-year-old victim was just 12 years old. The abuse happened at Mitchell’s home, where the victim was living at the time.
After his release from prison, Mitchell will be under a 5-year post-release control. He is no longer the pastor at Tower of Power Ministries.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Pastors
Sex abuse victim lawyer Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents clergy sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits against predatory clergy members and negligent churches. We’ve asked Brian to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of clergy sex abuse victims:
Churches and other religious organizations must take the threat of sexual abuse seriously. Sadly, sexual predators are often found in positions of trust, such as pastors and other clergy members. When a pastor is charged with sexually abusing a church member, we should ask if the church did everything it could to prevent the abuse.
Some clergy sex abuse cases only happen because of negligence by the church – such as ignoring inappropriate behavior between a pastor and an underage church member. If negligence is found to have played a role in a church sex abuse case, the church could potentially be held liable in a civil sex abuse lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a pastor another clergy member, our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers want to help you find justice. You can learn more by contacting us for a free consultation.
Tower of Power Ministries in Steubenville, OH
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