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Huntsville man won’t go to jail after pleading guilty to sex charges

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A Huntsville man who pleaded guilty to felony charges of repeatedly sexually abusing three of his adopted children won’t go to jail.

Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love, 51, to 15 years on each of three first-degree sodomy charges Monday. But she followed the prosecutors’ recommendation, ordering Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Palmer said the prosecution offered the plea agreement to spare the boys — now 13, 14 and 16 — from having to testify against Love.

“They are juveniles, and to have them face the man who molested them for years would have traumatized them again,” she said.

Love must also register as a sex offender under the community notification law.

The unordained minister pleaded guilty to charges of sodomizing the three young boys he and his wife adopted. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love.

The case was scheduled for trial Monday.

If convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges.

Fred Sharp, an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department, said school officials contacted him in 2003 after one of the boys said Love molested him.

Sharp said two younger boys came forward in 2006.

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