MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) – The children's minister at a northwest Alabama church is facing more than 30 counts of sex abuse.
Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans said 42-year-old Jeffrey Dale Eddie of Muscle Shoals is charged with 31 counts of second-degree sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and two counts of possession of obscene material depicting children.
Eddie's lawyer, Billy Underwood, said his client is a well-loved children's minister at Highland Park Baptist Church.
Underwood tells The TimesDaily that there are two sides to every story. Underwood said he thinks there's “another side to the story that might exonerate him.”
Evans said police began investigating after authorities received a call from someone at the church who was concerned about Eddie's behavior and actions.
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