Former Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

December 12, 2006

Birmingham, Ala. -- A former pastor of Spanish ministries at the First Baptist Church of Pelham pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse involving young girls.

66-year-old Luis Federico Garcia of Alabaster faces three charges of first-degree sexual abuse involving three girls younger than 12.

He entered the guilty pleas without reaching a sentencing agreement with the district attorney's office.

Assistant District Attorney Angela Dunn said they DA's office intends to ask for the maximum penalty.

Court records show that the victims were six, seven and eight years old when the incidents occurred.

Garcia remains free on $30,000 bond.


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