May 05, 2006

Pastor won't be tried in abuse case

Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Published on: 05/05/06

A Gwinnett County pastor jailed last year on charges that he molested his grandson will not be prosecuted.

The Rev. Nathan Ridgeway, pastor of Faith Life Fellowship Church of Norcross, was unfairly accused of sexually molesting the child during a three-day period in January 2005, said Ridgeway's lawyer, Doug Peters of Decatur. The child was 3 at the time, he said.

"There will be no indictment," said Peters, who spoke for Ridgeway Thursday while the 59-year-old minister stood behind him in the church sanctuary. "There will be no trial. This case has ended."

Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said his office issued an administrative dismissal of the case April 6.

Posted by kshaw at May 5, 2006 05:37 AM