March 10, 2006

Preacher Sentenced To 23 Years For Sexual Abuse

NBC 13

POSTED: 11:40 am CST March 10, 2006
UPDATED: 11:52 am CST March 10, 2006

MOBILE, Ala. -- A 52-year-old Irvington preacher was given a 23 year prison term for a sexual abuse conviction that involved a father and son.

Rev. Dennis Lamar Fields, pastor at Bethel Holiness Church in south Mobile County, was sentenced Thursday by Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles Graddick.

In trial testimony, Fields' victim, now an adult, told jurors Fields took lewd photos of him as a nine-year-old child and later burned them in a back yard trash can, promising never to molest him again.

He called police 20 years later, he said, when his own nine-year-old son revealed that Fields had begun molesting him as well.

Posted by kshaw at March 10, 2006 12:49 PM