Jury Commits Ex-Pastor Sentenced for Sex Abuse

Pensacola News Journal
July 18, 2008

A jury decided Thursday that a former Pace pastor accused of molesting at least five women during the 1980s and 1990s should be deemed a sexually violent predator and committed indefinitely.

Floyd W. Linder, 62, will enter into Florida's Commitment Center in Arcadia and will not be released until officials say it is safe for him to return to the community. A judge will make the final decision.

Linder's commitment falls under Florida's Jimmy Ryce Law, named for a boy who was murdered by a sex offender who recently had been released from prison.

Three psychologists testified that Linder suffered from pedophilia and that he likely would offend again if released.

During the two-day hearing, Linder's victims described the sexual and emotional abuse they endured at his hands in South Carolina, Pensacola and Pace.

Linder was sentenced to 20 years in prison in November 2001.


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