Bishop Long Asked DA to Drop Burglary Charge

September 28, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- Prosecutors say Bishop Eddie Long wanted to drop burglary charges against one of the young men now accusing the megachurch pastor of coercing him into a sexual relationship.

DeKalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said Tuesday through a spokesman that Long asked for the charges to be dropped against Maurice Robinson in August.

That's about two months after authorities say Robinson and Anthony Boyd broke into New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

The district attorney's office declined Long's request and is still investigating the case.

In Robinson's lawsuit against Long, his lawyers claim Robinson stole the items in retaliation against Long's alleged coercion of sex.

Craig Gillen, Long's attorney, was out of town and unavailable for comment on Tuesday.


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