Guilty plea in sex abuse case

By Michael Mee

St. Clair News Aegis (Alabama)

August 16, 2010

Pell City — Gregory “Lee” Bowman, 30, of Pell City, pleaded guilty to second degree sexual abuse on Monday.

Bowman had previously worked for Eden Westside Baptist Church as the Director of Health and Wellness. He resigned from that position last fall.

Second degree sexual abuse is “sexual contact with a child between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.”

Pleading guilty to the misdemeanor, he avoided being convicted of second-degree sodomy, another count he faced after his arrest in February.

Bowman will serve six months in the custody of St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department on a 24 month split sentence. He was given credit for time served, according to court documents. Circuit Judge Jim Hill ordered Bowman to turn himself in on Aug. 23 to begin serving his time.

SBP Note: Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City, Alabama, is shown as a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.