Black Collar Crime: Church of Christ Preacher James Marcus Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery Charge

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James Marcus, pastor of Fairview Church of Christ in Milan, Tennessee, pleaded guilty this week to one count of aggravated sexual battery. Marcus was sentenced to eight years in prison for his crime.

WBBJ-7 reports:

A former pastor at a Gibson County church pleaded guilty this week to aggravated sexual battery of a child.

Court documents show James Marcus, 72, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than 13 years old. As part of the plea agreement, Marcus will serve eight years in the Tennessee Department of Correction and must register as a sex offender for life.

Marcus entered the plea Monday, according to court documents.

Marcus served as a pastor at Fairview Church of Christ north of Milan.

He was arrested on the charges in May 2016 and admitted to investigators that he inappropriately touched a child over the course of four years until the victim was 10 years old, according to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office.


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1 Comment

  1. J.D. Matthews

    I recently had a conversation with someone from his church on their Facebook page. They immediately proclaimed he had “repented and is forgiven.” Apparently, this church also raised money and took up offerings to pay for his legal defense.

    Despicable, abominable church


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