Devout Christian spared heavy sentence for raping his daughter

Devout Christian spared heavy sentence for raping his daughter May 14, 2019

PROSECUTORS wanted Tennessee pastor David Richards, 41, to be jailed for 72 years for sexually abusing his adoptive daughter from when she was just 14. But a judge hearing the case last week was so impressed by the rapist’s godliness he sentenced him to just 12 years.

Judge Steve Sword cited Richard’s work as a pastor and the fact that he led Bible studies in jail while awaiting trial as mitigating factors in a case that saw the pastor, of My Father’s House Church of God in Lenoir City, convicted of rape, incest, and sexual battery by an authority figure.

The church had a presence on Facebook, but its page has since been deleted.

Image via Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Richards, above, thinks he shouldn’t be jailed at all.

I stand before you convicted of crimes I did not commit. I simply believe the system just erred in this case. I’m not sure why I’m here … but I assume it’s for his (God’s) purpose.

More than 30 parishioners and friends sat on Richards’ side of the courtroom in a show of support. David Thomspon, who shared ministry duties with Richards, testified and expressed doubt at the charges, saying:

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.

But prosecutors said Richards abused his daughter for two years before she reported it to authorities.

Image via YouTube

Normally victims of sexual abuse are not identified, but Amber Richards (above) chose to deliver a heart-wrenching victim statement in court. 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. I firmly believe if given the opportunity, he would victimize another girl.

Richards is now seeking a new trial.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    So, he didn’t do it, but if he did, he is god man and needed by the community. Except of course any girls he may want to rape, but the lying sluts deserve it right??/

  • barriejohn

    We mere mortals have no idea of the pressures that such people are under. Satan deliberately targets them and sorely tempts them in ways that we cannot possibly imagine. I know this because I have been told so (many times). We should be praying earnestly that the Lord might preserve them in the face of such demonic attacks, rather than condemning them. (Pffft!!!)

  • Broga

    Richards’ arrogance is – I was going to say extraordinary except that it isn’t – to be expected. There he was in the slammer discussing the bible, helping others find Jesus and immersed in the kind of smug confidence that is permitted to these pastors. The man is a pitiless rapist, a sexual sadist who used his attractive, adoptive daughter, precious to God I suppose, as an object on which to satisfy his lust. Only ignorance, superstition, indifference to child welfare can provide him with the support of his contemptible co-believers. And that can only happen under the cloak of religion.

    Perhaps the sentence will be increased on appeal? Dream on………

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    Just another pervert who uses his religion as a cloak for his actions

  • Billy Joe Jim Bob

    Religion. It’s a phucking disease.

  • Broga

    No evidence for these statements which are declared as facts? Do they ever offer any reason, evidence, facts to back up what they say?

    When my religious relative replies she never gets beyond, “Now you are being silly again.” Her second response is that “if you read the bible prayerfully you will have all the explanations you want.”

  • You’d think his being a pastor would be a reason to give him a longer sentence, as he was an authority figure.

  • Chris Hogue

    Judge and pedophile protector Steve Sword should be relived of his duties.

  • barriejohn

    If you have faith, you don’t need evidence!

  • Jim Jones

    He’s a con man. They never give up the con.

  • barriejohn

    The Producers: “Prisoners of Love” (inspired). Hahahahaha!!!!!

  • Broga

    The more incredible the belief that the Christian believes in, the better I read somewhere. St Paul? Very convenient, of course, as the need for facts and evidence are disposed off.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Christian Privilege in action.

  • persephone

    It’s Tennessee.

  • Mark B. Finn

    So if you believe in god and jesus without evidence, then what stops you from believing in odin and thor? THEY HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF VALIDATION!

    I know, i know — theyre not real, but jesus is. He died and rose again for you.

    Except he didnt…you delusional idiot.

  • barriejohn

    Oh, no; that was a joke!