HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A Huntsville man who pleaded guilty Monday to charges of repeatedly sexually abusing three of his adopted children will not go to jail.
Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced 51-year-old Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each of three first-degree sodomy charges. But she followed the prosecutors' recommendation, ordering Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.
Love, an unordained minister, pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the prosecution dropped ten counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.
If he had been convicted, Love could have been sentenced to up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.
Assistant Distric Attorney Allison Palmer told Hall that Love had abused the boys multiple times over several years. The boys are now 13, 14 and 16.
Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said he school officials contacted him in 2003 after one of the boys said Love molested him. Two younger boys came forward in 2006.
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