Alabama Youth Pastor Jeffrey Eddie ‘Can’t Remember’ How Many Boys He Molested
Baptist Press reports Jeffrey Dale Eddie, aka “Brother Jeff,” has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography.
Eddie was the children’s pastor and administrator at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals before being arrested on February 4. He had worked at the church for 16 years.
According to court documents obtained by WAFF, Eddie confessed to performing oral sex and other illicit acts on children at the church. The documents state that the incidents were “so many that Eddie advised he could not remember.”
Eddie will spend at least 30 years in prison under the terms of a plea deal reached on March 7.
Highland Park Baptist Church Pastor Brett Pittman addressed the issue at the Alabama State Evangelical Conference in Montgomery last month, urging those victimized by the pedophile pastor to focus on Jesus rather than on their suffering.
“When you are stripped bare… beaten down… and yet in the midst of that through [a] broken heart you’re able to stand up and worship the one true, holy God, it will be the most glorious worship you will ever experience,” said Pittman, referring to the Abrahamic deity figure. “In the midst of suffering, get your eyes off the storm… and on Jesus.”
Highland Park Baptist Church issued a statement urging anyone with information about the case to notify the Muscle Shoals Police Department, and calling those victims who have come forward “heroes.”
In January, Timothy Thomas, a 26-year-old youth pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Enterprise, Alabama, was sentenced to three years behind bars for raping a teenage girl.