David Richards kept defending himself until the very end and got a relatively reduced sentence due to his "amazing" work as a pastor
In the sea of heart-breaking news surfaced one more that will make your soul stir. Recently, a pastor was discovered guilty of raping his adoptive daughter and was sentenced to serve a period of 12 years in prison. The usual time period for such a heinous crime is usually higher whereas David Richards was given a sentence at least 60 years less than the maximum term that prosecutors aim for.
You've got to be kidding me. It's because of those reasons he should receive MORE years! He knew better! #churchtoo “The judge cited David Richards longtime ministry and the support he still receives as mitigating factors.” https://t.co/LOjgtE77U5— Julie Anne (@DefendTheSheep) May 13, 2019
The 41-year old pastor was found guilty on several grounds which include incest, rape, and sexual battery against his daughter, Amber Richards - who has chosen to be identified and named publicly. According to Knoxville News Sentinel, he has been committing this heinous crime against his child who is now 14 years of age. In the light of the magnitude of his crime, the sentence laid on him was pretty liberal. This comes right after the Judge on the case, Steve Sword, took Richards work as a pastor and his role key role in leading a Bible study at the prison into consideration.
"David Richards took the stand in his own defense, painting his accuser as a defiant teenager...— Spiritual Abuse (@SpiritualAbuse1) May 10, 2019
"Forensic testing, however, uncovered the presence of seminal fluid with a DNA profile matching that of David Richards on the girl's bed frame." https://t.co/neo3AtKYF7
As a result, Richards' jail time was reconsidered due to these factors. In most cases, the victims of sexual crimes are quite hesitant to identify themselves in the court of law. But it wasn't the same for Amber who made the bold choice of providing a public testimony against her adoptive father soon after he was convicted of his misdeeds in February. The sentence she made was truly distressing.
This, dear theists is one of the reasons why we atheists fight against your unrational beliefs!!! "Good Christian" my ass 👎#justice #DavidRichards #Christian #Tennessee #religionpoisonseverything pic.twitter.com/tItrbmjmhW— AKerren (@AKerren73) May 14, 2019
Beginning her sentence she said how she wanted nothing to do with her body. The picture of what her guardian did to her haunts her every single day. She said, "I wanted to throw my body away. Not a day goes by that I don’t, in some way, think of what he did to me." She further assures everyone that given a chance Richards would not hesitate to repeat what he did. "I firmly believe if given the opportunity, he would victimize another girl," she added.
The prosecutors also mentioned how Amber was abused continuously for two whole years before she summoned the courage to inform the authorities. After a thorough forensic investigation, traces of Richards' semen was discovered his daughter's bed. But it wasn't a surprise that Richards decided to deny all such accusations. While on the witness stand, he maintained the fact that he was indeed innocent. He simply said, "I stand before you convicted of crimes I did not commit. I simply believe the system just erred in this case."
Nothing says “good Christian man” like rape & incest.— Chief Resistance Officer (@crushthebigots) May 13, 2019
This is Tennessee Pastor David Richards. He was convicted of repeatedly raping his 14-year-old daughter over 4 years.
The prosecutor recommended 72 years in prison. The judge felt he was a good Christian and gave him 12. pic.twitter.com/r3FaueXPH1
Furthermore, he added, "I’m not sure why I’m here…but I assume it’s for his (God’s) purpose." Richards had a lot of support from his former parishioners from 'My Father’s House Church of God' in Lenoir City where he used to be a pastor. About 30 of his friends and parishioners were present at the courtroom in his support. One of Richards fellow pastors, David Thomspon, who shared ministry duties with him also testified in his favor. He said, "I find it impossible for me to believe he’s guilty of this. His business needs him. His family needs him. Our church needs him."
US News: Former religious leader David Richards jailed for 12 years for raping his daughter pic.twitter.com/CJkQh2rSlN— ? (@OUAMAD1) May 14, 2019
As per the state law, all of the charges against Richards could only be punished by probation, excluding sexual battery by an authority figure. This charge that he was convicted of orders a jail time of at least three years. Due to these statements not being in his favor Richards is looking for a new trial that would acquit him of his crimes.
In video footage posted by USA TODAY Network, Amber Richards says, "I'm just glad that I can finally move on with my life. And I didn't really do this for me. I did it so it didn't happen to anybody else. and so nobody else is in the same situation as I am, especially amazing kids. They don't deserve to go through things like that and if I had to be the one to make sure that it never happens again then I would want to do that."