Friday, March 5, 2010

HIV Positive Minister Sentenced for Sex with 15 Year Old Boy

A Shelbyville, Kentucky minister has been sentenced for having sex with a 15-year-old boy and the minister is HIV positive. And Minister James Bell admits, he knew he was HIV positive at the time of act.

"All child sex abuse, no matter who the perpetrator is, is horrific and damaging. But it's especially damaging if it's a religious figure," said David Clohessy with Survivors Network Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Such is the case for a now 17-year-old boy sexually abused by James Bell on numerous occasions two years ago.

Bell was minister of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ in Shelbyville. The church's website says Bell is married with three children and "a man of great faith who preaches the whole counsel of God."

Bell's victim's tests came back negative for HIV. The church where Bell preached was since disbanded.

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