Former youth minister sentenced for sex crimes

CENTRE, Ala. (BNG, TAB) — A judge in Cherokee County has sentenced former Southern Baptist youth minister Mack Allen Davis to 10 years in prison for sex crimes, but it won’t add any time to the 15-year sentence he already received in another county.

According to local media, Davis, 74, former youth minister at Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham, was sentenced June 19 by Judge Jeremy Taylor in Cherokee County to 10 years in prison for attempted sodomy in the second degree and 12 months in jail for each of seven counts of sexual abuse in the second degree.

The sentences will run concurrently with a 15-year sentence handed down May 15 in Jefferson County Court in Birmingham.

One of the alleged victims claimed the pastor at the time, Mike McLemore, who is now director of missions for Birmingham Baptist Association, wasn’t forthcoming about the reason Davis took early retirement in 1999. Associational leaders investigated the allegations and found no evidence that McLemore tried to cover up sexual abuse.

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