Elmore jury takes just four minutes to convict former youth minister of child molestation

WETUMPKA — An Elmore County jury deliberated for about four minutes Tuesday afternoon before convicting a former youth minister and Sunday school teacher on child sex charges.

Leon Albert Prince, 79, of Deatsville, was convicted of sexually abusing a child under 12, Chief Assistant District Attorney CJ Robinson said. Prince had previous convictions for sex with children.

The trial began on Tuesday and was expected to last two days.

“The jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations, and we were about to walk out of the courtroom when we heard a knock on the door,” Robinson said. “They got a verdict so quickly. It must be a record to get a verdict in less than five minutes.”

Prince was convicted in 1991 of carnal intercourse with a child in a Jefferson County case, records show. He served 15 years of a 30-year sentence.

In the Elmore County case, the victim came forward in late 2021, telling the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office that Prince allegedly touched her inappropriately for several months at his home in 2010 and 2011.

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Prince was convicted in Jefferson County of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl in Tarrant.

At the time, he was a youth minister for the Tarrant Baptist Church, and the girl attended the church, according to court records.

He will be sentenced Tuesday by Circuit Judge Bill Lewis. Prince faces 10 to 99 years in prison, based on his previous conviction, Robinson said. It’s a quicker than normal condemnation.

Prince is receiving cancer treatments, Robinson said. He was released from the Elmore County jail on bail about three weeks before his trial to save the county from paying expensive medical bills for his treatment, Robinson said.

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