The Rome News-Tribune reports:
The former youth minister of a Floyd County church faces up to 40 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to child molestation charges on Tuesday.
When Austin Wray Perkins was arrested on March 9, 2022, as part of a sting targeting child pornography, a release from the Floyd County Police Department stated that he was victimizing a minor who was living at his home and Perkins was also creating explicit videos.
Perkins, 26, pleaded guilty in a non-negotiated plea to one count of felony child molestation and one count of felony sexual exploitation of children in Floyd County Superior Court. Both charges carry the potential of 20 years in prison and each have a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
The Coosa Valley News reports:
Perkins served as the youth minister at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church when he was arrested. “The child had no family or support and had been taken in by (Perkins) for care,” FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher said.
“The juvenile who was rescued by police was living with (Perkins) who was coaching the child about how to act in videos and also engaging in acts of child molestation.” Fincher added that he would be reaching out to other children Perkins had contact with to see if any other charges would be filed.
Perkins was part of a child porn sex sting, called Operation Spring Cleaning, that netted five other arrests.
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