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Minister gets 7 years for sodomy

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Confessed he knew he was HIV positive at the time

By Lisa King

A Shelbyville minister who had admitted to sodomy and sexual abuse of a juvenile was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

James Bell, 49, of Village Lane pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, distribution of obscene material to a minor and first-degree wanton endangerment, which was added because Bell confessed to having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old knowing that he was HIV positive.


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