Ex-Ga. youth minister to prison

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LEXINGTON, Ga. — A former Oglethorpe County youth minister has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to molesting a teenage girl.

Chief Superior Court Judge John Bailey sentenced 44-year-old Norman Anthony Pugh on Monday to 13 years in prison with another seven years on probation for inappropriately touching a girl who was 13 years old at the time.

District Attorney Bob Lavender dropped eight additional counts of furnishing sexual material to a child.

Pugh, who previously served as a youth minister for Arnoldsville Baptist Church, was acquitted in November 2006 of charges he molested a teenage girl who was a member of the church.

Pugh was not working for the church when he was arrested last year and charged with molesting a different girl.

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mable8 11/30/10 - 11:41 am
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Glad he was convicted and at

Glad he was convicted and at least given a sentence of 13 years--which isn't long enough given this fiend's background. He used and abused a trusted position to molest children just barely into their teen years---this man is a predator and will continue his "calling" once he is released from prison regardless of the 7 year probation tacked onto his sentence. The DA should NOT have dropped the additional 8 counts as a condition to the plea bargain; this effectively removed the possibility that he would have received a much lengthier sentence from the judge. Had he been tried in court with a jury, he may have had to serve at least a 30 year sentence. No thanks to the DA, but this predator of children will most likely be back on the streets before the 13 years are up (parole possibility) when he feigns 'remorse' for his dastardly deed to the parole board.

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Suzy Q 11/30/10 - 12:18 pm
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What was the outcome of the

What was the outcome of the previous arrest? Charges still pending? Dropped?

13 years is NOT enough time. He should remain in prison (since they won't put him under it) until he's too old to molest himself, much less anyone else.

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