“A former pastor at a Gibson County church pleaded guilty this week to aggravated sexual battery of a child.
Court documents show James Marcus, 72, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than 13 years old.
As part of the plea agreement, Marcus will serve eight years in the Tennessee Department of Correction and must register as a sex offender for life.
Marcus entered the plea Monday, according to court documents.
Marcus served as a pastor at Fairview Church of Christ north of Milan.
He was arrested on the charges in May 2016 and admitted to investigators that he inappropriately touched a child over the course of four years until the victim was 10 years old, according to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office.”
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“A man accused of touching a young child in a sexual manner appeared Tuesday in Gibson County General Sessions Court and had his next hearing set for early June.
James Marcus, 70, was charged last week with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. According to court documents, Marcus is accused of having sexual contact with a child over a four-year period beginning in 2009, from the time the boy was 6 to 10 years old.
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Court documents said the incidents are believed to have taken place at Marcus’ home in Trenton, as well as in the woods near his home and in his car.
According to Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas, Marcus is a minister at Fairview Church of Christ on Cades Atwood Road outside Milan.
None of the incidents of abuse are reported to have occurred at the church, according to court documents.
Marcus is scheduled to reappear in General Sessions Court at 1 p.m. June 7 for a hearing.
He has been appointed a public defender, according to the court clerk’s office.
Marcus remained in custody Tuesday on $25,000 bond.
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