February 09, 2005

Minister free on $50,000 bond

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 02/09/05
A Norcross-area pastor accused of molesting a young relative was greeted by about 35 supporters as he left the Gwinnett County jail at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The Rev. Nathan Ridgeway posted $50,000 bail, granted to him hours earlier by Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner. His brother, Phil Ridgeway, said the bail was paid by a friend and member of Ridgeway's church, Faith Life Fellowship Church.

Ridgeway, the pastor of the nondenominational church on Spalding Drive, has been charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. He is accused of molesting a young family member at the minister's Duluth home, Gwinnett police said. The boy is in the custody of his parents.

Posted by kshaw at February 9, 2005 08:08 AM