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Former Florida church youth leader pleads guilty to molestation charges


Michael Winborn, left, confers with his lawyer, Kevin Humphries, before pleading guilty to molesting two girls. (Photo by Pierre Ducharme, The Ledger, via www.theledger.com)

The Ledger newspaper in Florida reports:

BARTOW | A former youth leader at a Lakeland church pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting two girls whose family attended the church.
Michael David Winborn was arrested May 7, on charges of fondling two girls, ages 9 and 11, underneath their clothing, according to an arrest report.
Winborn, 46, knew the girls from his work at the Church of Christ, 1807 S. Florida Ave.
Winborn pleaded guilty to four counts of lewd molestation. Each carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment as well as a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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See a January 2011 Christian Chronicle editorial on taking steps to protect children.

  • Feedback
    Thank you for reporting this story! Too often we as a body are guilty of ignoring, even hiding situations like this. Seeing that an abuser can be brought to justice and that victims are believed can produce hope and validation for others that have been subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of spiritual authorities. Kudos to the CC for bringing this subject to the attention of its readers!
    Steve Holladay
    March, 15 2011

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