Disgraced Baptist pastor Royden Wood has this morning been sentenced to one year in jail and three years’ probation.
The former church minister was convicted of assault and sexual assault involving church members.
Last week, Wood — the former pastor at the now-defunct Ambassador Baptist Church — seemed unconcerned at the prospect of jail time.
“It was fun. It doesn’t scare me a bit,” he said, his wife Linda by his side.
“I had a good time there,” he said of his time awaiting bail. “I have an intense and passionate desire to help people and I was a tremendous blessing to many in jail. The other inmates were constantly asking me, ‘Why are you so happy?’ It’s easy to be in jail. It’s hard to be out here.”
Wood was convicted in April of nine assaults on three boys at the church’s alternative school in the 1980s, and three sex-related charges involving two female church members who had breasts touched over their clothing. Six more sexual assault charges were laid in July.
[Source] August 27, 2008 :
Disgraced Baptist church pastor Royden Wood will find out next week if he will headed to jail or staying at home to serve his sentence for assault and sex-related charges.
The former pastor at the Ambassador Baptist Church was in court today for his lengthy sentencing hearing after he was convicted in April of 12 charges.
Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton will hand down her decision on Tuesday.
During the hearing, Wood’s lawyer, Wendy Harris-Bentley, argued for a conditional sentence that would allow Wood to serve his time at home.
Harris-Bentley told Templeton that Wood is bipolar and has agreed to seek treatment for his mental illness.
Assistant Crown attorney Peter Kierluk said Wood should serve his time in jail and be supervised by a three-year probation order once he is released.
Templeton also heard victim-impact statements from Richard Howell, Norman Howell, and John Milonas, the three boys, now adults, who described how Wood’s violent discipline program has scarred their lives.
Nine of the counts involved repeated assaults on three boys who attended the church’s alternative school in the mid-1980s and were subject to Wood’s own discipline program that involved the pastor hitting, punching and pulling hairs out of their faces.
Two female church members were the victims in the three other charges where Wood grabbed their breasts.
Wood, who is currently out on bail, said outside court he isn’t afraid of more incarceration.
“I enjoyed jail. It was fun. It doesn’t scare me a bit,” he said.
“I had a good time there. I have an intense and passionate desire to help people and I was a tremendous blessing to many in jail.
“The other inmates were constantly asking me, ‘Why are you so happy?’”
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