Bishop Eddie Long lets one of the young men go free from trial after he allegedly broke into his house, stealing over 100,000 dollars worth of the Pastor’s belongings.
Anthony Boyd was scheduled to stand trial on burglary charges for the incident that happened in June 2010. Police accused Boyd, a security guard at the church, and Maurice Robinson, a former church member, of the break-in.”
Boyd was among four men who accused the preacher of convincing them to have sex with them in exchange for lavish living. Long settled the case with up to 5 young men for an undisclosed amount worth millions.
Long wrote a letter to District Attorney Robert James in August, requesting that prosecutors drop the charges against Boyd. Stating, “While I understand that there may be evidence to support a prosecution, I believe in forgiveness and the opportunity for second chances,” Long wrote.
Anthony Boyd feels Long wrote that letter for a different reason. Telling WSBTV Channel 2 News in Atlanta that Bishop Long wanted to avoid trial for fear that he would have to answer questions about the sexual misconduct case. Says Boyd, “They say I was facing 20 years and I didn’t know what to do,” Boyd told Channel 2’s Erin Coleman. Maurice Robinson was offered a pretrial diversion program in which the charges would be dropped if he successfully completed it. Boyd was offered the same program but said he declined the offer because he did nothing wrong.
Boyd told Channel 2’s Jodie Fleischer he had no reason to break into Long’s private office inside the church and risk losing his security job there. He said Robinson and Anthony Flagg, who were close friends, did have a motive. Three months after the break-in, they and two others filed sex abuse lawsuits against Long. Flagg was never charged by police.
Despite all of this, Boyd is still an active member at New Birth Church! Read the Full Story and watch the video interview on the WSBTV website.